LinkedIn Endorsements – a Social Media step too far?

Virtually all readers I suspect are familiar with LinkedIn and the vast majority are probably users, posting their cv details, looking up other people they come into contact with, maybe looking for jobs or joining in discussion groups and similar. I love the ability to check out someone I’m going to meet for the first time, and get a sense of their background, maybe even find some common ground, and hopefully see a picture so I can recognise them across a crowded reception area – or bar.

Recently, a new facility appeared on the site. You can endorse people you are linked with for various skills and capabilities. Interesting. So first of all, I need to say a huge thank you to everyone who has endorsed me on LinkedIn. I really do appreciate it and feel suitably humbled and honoured. Can I thank my agent, my mother and father, all the people I’ve worked with, the wonderful folk at ... sorry, getting carried away there.

However, I also feel somewhat embarrassed because, as yet, I haven’t reciprocated. Not once. And more to the point, I don’t think I’m going to. Here’s why.

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  1. Guy Allen:

    I wont join a club that would have me as a member. Or something similar

    Since i was name checked in the post thought I ought to respond.

    I equally will not be using the endorsement feature. I have had a number of endorsements (many thanks to those that have) including a chap that sold me J D Edwards software 20 years ago. Now he was a nice chap, but we’ve not met for at least 19 years, so I don’t quite get how his endorsement can have any validity.

    If I could I would endorse you for discovering leading edge indie music, and perhaps you could endorse me for supporting teams that play in red and white stripes?

    I suspect that its just a way of increasing traffic to their site, or is that just too cynical?

  2. bitter and twisted:

    Social media is the work of the devil.

  3. Miriam Pires:

    Firstly, I love the new website look, very clean and sleek Peter! On this blog I completely agree with you Peter, and I’m in the same boat. Besides, LinkedIn is not something I use too regularly and to be honest I haven’t had the time to investigate what credentials this endorsement feature actually carries, so your article answered that a little. But if would be interesting as part of your great new search4procurement website if you delved deeper into the psychology of these social media sites and their added features. Whether they actually influence employers’ decision making process and how accurate these features are in representing an individuals true capabilities/personality.

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