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Does anyone use, or understand Linked In? (vanity question)
Inquiry | 2/20/14 | Baynative

Posted on 02/20/2014 9:09:05 AM PST by Baynative

I get messages from a website called Linked In all the time. It appears to be some sort of business oriented facebook thingie. But, I can't figure out what it does.


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I frequently get offers to participate from people I know. I've replied to several and gotten no response.

Yesterday I wrote back through personal email to someone I know who allegedly sent me an invitation to join and she said she's never hear of the site.

1 posted on 02/20/2014 9:09:05 AM PST by Baynative
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To: ShadowAce

PING.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 9:12:14 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Baynative

Basically, you are right, it’s a business version of Facebook. Lets you keep up with people as they change jobs, etc.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 9:13:14 AM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: Baynative; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

4 posted on 02/20/2014 9:13:29 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Baynative

It’s a business networking site, a bit like Facebook but less intrusive and more professionally oriented.

The invitations to “connect” can be a pain sometimes. It’s helpful if you are looking for work or trying to change careers.

I’m on it, but don’t really pay much attention to it. Don’t know why your friend had invitations sent out on her behalf if she was not aware of it. It’s possible that your friend’s e-mail may have been hijacked or she checked a box somewhere without realizing it, but the actual site itself is not a scam or malware.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 9:14:03 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Baynative

It is like Facebook for business.
I think people use it to network when they are looking for a job.
I am on it, but I have never made a new business contact on it. It is basically a waste of time in my opinion.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 9:14:24 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: Baynative

It’s Facebook for adults. And it is a networking tool. I know people who have gotten jobs from companies who saw their profile on Linkedin.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:02 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Baynative

I get invites regularly from people I’ve never heard of.

I unsubscribed and still occasionally get invites.

Whatever it’s good for, it isn’t networking


8 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:06 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Baynative
I used to belong but found it irritating. So I quit. That didn't stop the emails though. "So & so has listed you as a friend. Do you want to respond?"
Umm...no. That's why I quit. Make it stop, please.
9 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:10 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Baynative

It’s like Facebook for adults. I use it often to check up on people I’ve heard of. Just a few minutes ago, I was looking for a colleagues business title. It was faster to look up his Linked in profile than to go ask him.

There are also a lot of affinity groups.

I’ve had several people contact me to gauge interest in new jobs through Linked In.


10 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:58 AM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: Baynative

It started as a professional networking site. My hubby uses it, at times he gets requests that are strange mostly from recruiters for job openings. Others who knows. Just ignore those that are of no interest and link to those who you know and trust. It’s not bad, but like everything there is room for abuse/spam etc.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:12 AM PST by lula (Shine the light of truth Lord, confound the deceiver I pray...AMEN!)
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To: Baynative

I use it.

You can get pings based on other information that are out there on the net.

It is an aggregator site where your busyness and professional connections can be posted. You can post a resume and a profile if you desire. Other folks who know you or have worked with you can ask to be connected to you (though as you point out sometimes it picks folks who maybe 3 or 4 degrees away).

It is not a bad site. If you don’t want to use it just delete the request from you email.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:41 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Baynative

Yes, like others have said, it is like Facebook for professionals. One of its primary functions is for professionals to reach out to you based on your profile, which should look a lot like a narrative from your CC or Resume.

The linking helps people you know find people they know through you - the very essence of networking. One used to say, “you gotta know someone who knows someone...” Well, with LinkedIn, the knowing of someone who knows someone is done by the linkages you express, and the linkages those people express (and so on, actually).

You can use it to reach out to people your friends know. And the people those people know. And even so on down the line.

It’s a networking tool.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:20 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: ShadowAce

No I don’t use it, no I don’t understand it, yes, I think it’s an annoyance.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:44 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Baynative

Its basically a kind of Facebook for professionals, without all the general immaturity and rubbish on Facebook.

Its about establishing professional networks, and it helps connect you to people you may know in similar fields. You can set up or join various professional groups - like “engineers in Southern California” or “people who sell fruit” etc....


15 posted on 02/20/2014 9:26:05 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Baynative

it’s user list recently got hacked. I joined a long time ago, to me it’s useless, but others like to strut their stuff.

It’s a “look at me and what I can do” site. blah blah blah


16 posted on 02/20/2014 9:29:12 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Nifster

Do you have any idea why my replies to people asking questions of me are never received or acknowledged, especially when they are soliciting sales?


17 posted on 02/20/2014 9:31:23 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Baynative

I’m having problems with it....I CANCELLED my membership in it a couple weeks ago...and I am getting requests also...from people who didn’t send them....


18 posted on 02/20/2014 9:34:25 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Baynative

From linked in??? Most likely your emails go to a dump box. Linked In as such will not be soliciting anything from you other than linking you to other associates.

Anything else is most likely a paid ad. Most of those never reply to anything


19 posted on 02/20/2014 9:34:49 AM PST by Nifster
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20 posted on 02/20/2014 9:37:18 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Baynative

On LinkedIn you are not “friends” and they never send an email that says you are “listed as a friend,” as this is never done.

If you are not a member of LinkedIn you will not be contacted. The connection request is between members, not non-members.

When asking to connect to someone on LinkedIn you select the reason WHY you want to connect. . and one of the options is “friends,” and this option requires a person, your friend, to know your email address and enter it and actually click on ‘send’. . .LinkedIn will not do that.

If, as you write, you receive an email from someone asking to be friends on LinkedIn, or says someone has listed you as a friend on LinkedIn, this did not come from LinkedIn.

There are spoof emails from other websites that try and mirror LinkedIn and also spoof Facebook invites. . .so be careful.

If you are a member on LinkedIn, you can send a request to connect with another LinkedIn member and the connect request will be sent but it is not a request to be ‘friends,” as you will receive an email that says “So-and-So lists you as a friend and wishes to connect”


21 posted on 02/20/2014 9:43:55 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Baynative

I am on it.. I know many people on it... supposedly helps you keep up to date with the job market..

I don’t participate very much on it, and don’t know anyone who has gained a job or new position from LinkedIn. Sort of like befriending all kinds of people on Facebook and then start wife shopping.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 9:46:56 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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Yes, but it’s almost as ego-centric as Facebook, only in a “professional” guise. It’s a business ego trip.

Everyone gets to blow their own horn and brag about their “strengths”, and have them supported or suggested by Linkedin “friends.”

Mostly, it’s to feed the user’s egos.

The actual networking results in a practical sense are small.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 9:53:31 AM PST by Arlis
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To: PapaNew
No I don’t use it, no I don’t understand it, yes, I think it’s an annoyance.

I have never subscribed, but keep getting invites from "Cassandra Lai"

24 posted on 02/20/2014 9:53:38 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: DoodleDawg

As companies also look to gather imformation on candidates, it is also often used to compare to resumes and confirm information. For the user, it is a great way to get your business experience out there.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 9:53:51 AM PST by RetiredNavy ("Only accurate firearms are interesting")
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To: Baynative
I joined Linked-in back in 2006 but did nothing with it until I launched my professional website in 2008. When I joined my website to Linked-In I received a call by a client inside of 3 weeks of doing so that resulted in a >$100,000 service contract which lasted for 6 months (I own a pharmaceutical/life science consulting firm).

Since 2008 I have Linked-in with ~ 2300 people at an assortment of professional levels -- and decision makers when it comes to capital spend and originating service contracts. I am literally on a "first name" basis with many CEO's, and Executive VPs, hedge fund investment mangers and well-placed academicians.

I have reconnected with many former classmates and have been able to follow their careers even as they are able to follow mine. It surprised me to see how many people I have known over the years and who remember me as well.

You will be located on the internet and to some degree you have the choice as to how you will be located by others on the internet. Linked-in is nothing like the nonsense FaceBook is. I do not have a FaceBook page simply because that is not how I choose to be known to the world or located on the internet.

I have the basic service and it costs me nothing. I even own one of the grad school Group sites associated with one of my graduate degrees. Alumni ask me to join and if appropriate to the Group I allow them to join (currently at ~ 800 members since I launched it). It also gives me new people from one of my academic institutions to connect with who I may not have known when I was there. Example: Had an MD/PhD/JD just this week request to join the group and we became Linked-In connections. We are arranging a long-term service contract at this time wherein I will be advising one of his pharma start-ups.

Professionally speaking, for a guy in his own business like I am, it has been a blessing in many ways. That said, if you read other commenters here, some don't find it to be of quite the same value in their professions.

Resume's are still necessary of course as are professional brochures and business cards to some degree, but a client wants an easy way to do their research on you and inviting someone to view your Linked-In profile really cuts to the chase, saves time, postage, drives traffic to the web site, and it's all free.

FReegards!

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26 posted on 02/20/2014 9:55:52 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Baynative

I almost started using it about 2 years ago when I got an invite. I chose not to after I found out the NSA data mines it.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 10:01:35 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Baynative

If you’re in an office oriented career it’s a handy place to use to look for work. Especially if you’re in a management position, you can write “columns” there that increase your visibility. And it links to some interesting news stories.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 10:05:22 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Baynative

I got invited to join LinkedIn from my cousin and a real estate buddy’s email. I deleted the original email [without opening] and alerted them by emails. I told them they should check their systems for viruses.

My cousin replied that she had not sent the email and her computer did have a virus. Same with the real estate agent. His home computer had a Trojan virus and sent emails to some or all of his address book.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 10:12:47 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Two years ago LinkedIn somehow went into my google account and sent invitations to everyone I’d ever sent an email to.

Never got an acceptable answer about why. Somehow it was my fault.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 10:13:04 AM PST by DManA
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To: Baynative

I’ve been on LinkedIn for several years and I still don’t know what it does.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 10:18:01 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Linked In has started a “feature” that links your address book contacts. I won’t turn it on because I don’t want them contacting people without my knowledge.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 10:22:46 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Baynative

I use it. And I get frequent freelance work fron linkedin and the recruiters that troll profiles.

Thecreason people get requests are the people that set up accounts and use their email name and password as a login. It is a liitle deceptive but if that happens you give “permission” for linkedin to email everyone in your contact list.


33 posted on 02/20/2014 10:39:43 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Chuzzlewit

I’ve obtained several consulting projects through someone I know who knows someone kind of thing. . .through LinkedIn.


34 posted on 02/20/2014 10:45:28 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Baynative
it a business professional networking site, I have been using it for the past year to connect with HR/recruiters and people i know in the healthcare business, used it to send my resume to three different company's and have had two interviews just this month
35 posted on 02/20/2014 10:46:11 AM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: BuffaloJack

And the NSA doesn’t data mine FR. . . ?

Quick, log off and continue posting.


36 posted on 02/20/2014 10:47:07 AM PST by Hulka
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To: DManA

Post 32 probably explains what happened.

I don’t use that “contacts” function.


37 posted on 02/20/2014 10:48:00 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Baynative
I use it all the time as not just a "facebook for business" but a great way to network and connect with potential business associates.

It's also become a key recruiting and hiring tool and in many cases, your LinkedIn profile is more important than your resume. For someone like me who is in technology related companies and solutions, if you didn't have a linkedin profile, I don't think I would hire you.

38 posted on 02/20/2014 10:49:32 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Baynative
I do not have a Facebook account, but I do have a LinkedIn account. I use LinkedIn for business purposes and find it to be useful, sometimes very useful. It depends on the kind of business you're in, I suppose. My job involves a fair amount of Business Development responsibility, for that LinkedIn is a great tool.

As others have commented, I ignore the annoying features and emails, and just use it when I need to or can get something useful from it.

39 posted on 02/20/2014 10:57:55 AM PST by JHL
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To: ShadowAce

I signed in once but I have no idea how to use whatever it is supposed to do. lol


40 posted on 02/20/2014 11:22:04 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Baynative

When a person signs up for LinkedIn the program tries to data mine their contact list and it’ll automatically send invitations to all of their friends, family and other contacts. As soon as you sign up it’ll try to do the same to you. I actually created a fake email account and used that to sign up for LinkedIn to see what it was all about. That way, there’s no contact list to be raided and no spam gets sent out purporting to be an invitation from me.

For the record, it’s kind of a lame site. You’re best off ignoring the invitations and not signing up or even replying to the emails.


41 posted on 02/20/2014 11:37:44 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Baynative

Yes but only for business activities - recruiting, headhunters, contact info for customers and suppliers, etc. It’s centered pretty much on that, the worst I’ve seen on the site is some people have less than professional profile pics. It has it’s uses.


42 posted on 02/20/2014 11:48:25 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Baynative

Linked-In, like all social media, is evil.

Can you set up a filter in your email to automatically delete emails from Linked-In?

Considering the voraciousness of the NSA and others, we need to be posting less, much less, about ourselves online.

Saw a bumper sticker the other day, “Facebook DOES NOT care that you went to the gym this morning.” Perfect!


43 posted on 02/20/2014 11:59:21 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Onelifetogive

It predates Facebook actually.


44 posted on 02/20/2014 12:07:32 PM PST by Borges
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To: cyclotic

Facebook has pretty much been taken over by adults. Kids aren’t as high on it as they used to be.


45 posted on 02/20/2014 12:08:22 PM PST by Borges
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To: Baynative

You should take it up. I have registered in 2009 and it’s fabulous. You’ll love it.

what is your email? send it to me via private message and I’ll invite you to join and we could hook up there as connections.

I’ll guide you through and you’ll be on your way.


46 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:14 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Baynative

I’ve gotten job contacts from Linked in.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 1:15:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Baynative

I have found it pretty valid when looking for work or checking out a company or a candidate for a position. It is good for business networking and occasional articles of interest. I participate in some of the Disabled Veterans groups on there, and folks help each other navigate the intricacies of bureaucracy.


48 posted on 02/20/2014 1:40:00 PM PST by tarawa
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To: Baynative

I just got a very good job offer through LinkedIn. Hopefully it works out because it would be a huge professional advance for me.

Mostly, though, it is the equivalent of having a box full of business cards. I can quickly and easily look up people that are professional contacts and get a (current!) phone number or email.


49 posted on 02/20/2014 2:21:17 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Baynative

It *CAN* be useful if you are aggressively(desperate) seeking a job in a specialized field, such as IT. I haven’t used it myself for that purpose, but can see the potential there for such things.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 2:29:57 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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