Skip to comments.Does anyone use, or understand Linked In? (vanity question)
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.
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.
Basically, you are right, it’s a business version of Facebook. Lets you keep up with people as they change jobs, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
No I don’t use it, no I don’t understand it, yes, I think it’s an annoyance.
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....
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
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?
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....
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
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”
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.
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.
I have never subscribed, but keep getting invites from "Cassandra Lai"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been on LinkedIn for several years and I still don’t know what it does.
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.
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.
I’ve obtained several consulting projects through someone I know who knows someone kind of thing. . .through LinkedIn.
And the NSA doesn’t data mine FR. . . ?
Quick, log off and continue posting.
Post 32 probably explains what happened.
I don’t use that “contacts” function.
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.
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.
I signed in once but I have no idea how to use whatever it is supposed to do. lol
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.
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.
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!
It predates Facebook actually.
Facebook has pretty much been taken over by adults. Kids aren’t as high on it as they used to be.
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.
I’ve gotten job contacts from Linked in.
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.
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.
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.