Linked Out?

Is there anyone who *gets* Linked In?

OK,  it’s just another website with connections and, possibly, a privacy functionality far worse than Facebook could dream of, but really, what’s it for?

Where does it add value? Where does it do things that other websites don’t? What makes it stand out from the crowd?

Apart from the dodgy security model, obv.

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10 Responses to Linked Out?

  1. Masher says:

    I’m on Linked In. Not through choice. I was press-ganged into joining on the premis that it might help me get a job. Which I very much doubt it will.

    Unlike others, I don’t take it seriously. I leave the occasional flippant update and have a picture of George Clooney as my photo ID thing.

    I don’t have many ‘connections’ as I’ve never invited anyone to connect to me. I also used to ignore invites from others who I didn’t really like or know properly (I had an invite from one guy who I’ve never met, but I did speak to him on the phone. Once. About three years previous) but now I just accept them all cos I don’t want to upset anybody.

    The whole thing seems a complete waste of time to me. Like a poor man’s Facebook.

  2. Allister says:

    I’m linked to a lot of people I have worked with. (Facebook is for people I actually want to stay on touch with.) I figure it keeps my name in front of people. I’m often asked if I know anyone who can do XYZ job. I should look on Linked In when asked.

  3. Perpetual says:

    I got a call off someone I used to work with ten years ago last night. He’d found me through my Linked In profile.

    I’ve never found any positive use for Linked In. I know some contractors who use it religiously, but most people seem to sign up and then leave it well alone.

  4. Sally says:

    It’s good for spying on people 🙂

  5. HC says:

    I use Linkedin a lot and facebook not at all. I’m not enamoured with the premise that the latter encourages social interaction. I am certainly big enough and ugly enough to do that on my own. My Linkedin account is, however, an immaculate template of professional experience and enables me to retain contact with favourable clients and colleagues who have no interest in seeing pictures of me on holiday with my wife and daughter. In this way, I would say that Linkedin is for the slightly maturer crowd.
    Contrastingly, people’s lives would be enriched for not being on facebook, in my humble opinion.

  6. Totally agree Bren. All the people who contacted me through Linked In had my contact details anyway. And I have never had a single job offer through it, although I have had plenty through other people.

    It is one of those websites that makes you feel as though you have to have a profile otherwise you might be ‘missing out’. Missing out on what, I am not sure.

  7. Dazedlittlemiss says:

    Apparently it’s supposed to help you get a job. I have a lot of issues with. I don’t want the world to know where I went to school, what I studied and what my career aspirations are. I’ll tell those I want to. And with the number of people literally begging for jobs, do you seriously think employers are going to be trawling through Linked In to find an employee? As Sally says, it’s for spying on people. Want to see what the girl you hated in school is doing for a career? Want to see wether the loser ex finally started that business he was always on about, that kind of thing.

  8. Brennig says:

    Masher; I think your idea of jazzing LinkedIn up is a Top Idea. I shall put my mind to it. Thanks!

    Allister; The thing is, I don’t know anyone who actually uses the product.

    Perp; Yep, that seems to be what I observe too. But the serious jobseekers are going to use Jobserve rather than LinkedIn. Well, that’s what I reckon.

    Sally; you are wicked! 🙂

    HC; Hello! Yes, I can see that removing the ‘familial’ social side would be advantageous. Thanks for your view.

    Annie; Welcome to the World of Missing Out… That could be a slogan!

    Dazedlittlemiss; I agree. No-one looking for a contractor/employee, in this day and age, is going to trawl through LinkedIn; that seems bonkers logic.

  9. hoverfrog says:

    I was suckered in on the promise of easy wealth and a plush job in the city. That and the promise that if I give my bank details then the millions left by a Nigerian businessman who had recently died would be transferred to my account tax free. Who wouldn’t believe such a plausible tale?

    Then again what is the value of Facebook?