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The 11 Creepiest Things About LinkedIn


Society & Culture  (tags: internet, Linkedin, society, safety, interesting, ethics, women, sadness )

Carrie
- 383 days ago - buzzfeed.com
So, you want to network professionally. Ha!



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Cal Mendelsohn (968)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:34 pm
as a mega user of LinkedIn, this was an interesting piece. I don't find that LinkedIn has any value for me save identifying marketing/sales prospects for my job, which is inside sales. I have over 6000 firends, and If you think I know more than 1% of them, you're not int he real world of LinkedIn. BTW, I don't have a photo on LinkedIn for security reasons; I can only imagine the concern of female subscribers.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:34 pm
And add to that list that their active users allege that they do not respond to help requests or complaints...
 

Carrie B. (304)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:36 pm
Thanks Cal. I appreciate your comment.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:08 pm

As many of know from my past complaints, I didn't sign up for Linkedln they just sent out invitations in my name.

There are people I know on Linkedln and I like them, but honestly how I can say how professional there are? I don't know most of their work skills, I only know them socially and not from Linkedln, mostly from Care2.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:11 pm
I have received invitations from you Kit and many others I know. I just ignore them
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:25 pm
been invited but didn't join
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:26 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Gysele van Santen (210)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:16 pm
i joined 2 or 3 yrs ago but have completely forgotten about it. i need to delete my profile but idk my password, oops. i'll get around to it. thnx, Carrie.
 

Laurie H. (693)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:42 pm
I have always thought "When in doubt, I don't." Thanks Carrie!!!~
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:06 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:08 pm
Hmmmm, I do use linked in for reasons having to do with my job. It is true that they know my friends but so does facebook- much of the time. I have tried to keep things separte and so far it seems OK. If I don't know someone, I do turn down the friend request. I have reported some but not many. What happened after- I have no idea.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:11 pm
Thanks for posting Carrie as I had no idea about the site. I've received a couple of requests and have just deleted them.
 

Catherine G. (13)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:54 pm
Actually isn't it the same with all social networks and with Gmail?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 12:08 am
I've tried Linkedin and didn't find it helpful or comfortable to use. It seemed more of a 'land grab' frenzy for adding 'to the account. No thanks.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:07 am
I haven't had any of these eleven problems but LinkedIn has not helped me find a job as one of friends thinks it can. they are "upgrading" so you have to buy a premium account or better. That's worthless.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:55 am
I joined Linkedin back when it was first opening its gates because a company I did business with suggested it. I quit it virtually immediately once I figured out it was NOT a way to get information but just a professional social media platform AND their incessant emails annoyed the bleep out of me. Fortunately that was before it was hacked. I had no use for it then and never will, not to mention never having heard a good word about it isn't really driving a desire to get back on that particular horse. Creepy is right. I have to admit though, any woman should be able to put her picture up anywhere (though that picture may not necessarily be her - as I understand it) without harassment, but virtually none can without getting solicited. I don't know why those "johns" should be able to escape prosecution. Maybe that is a good use for Linkedin? Police can set up shop just like Dateline NBC and sweep up the fools who are not their for professional contacts, at least not the kind that earn them money...
 

Jude Hand (59)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 9:44 am
Noted. Creepy about says it, Carrie. Frankly, I think there's a lot of creepy or creepy potential in all social networking. Last night, I pulled up something about renting a UHaul-type vehicle. "Somehow", the origin town and the destination town were already listed. The destination had never been even tried in my research but was a place that I'd researched on line and looked up for various things. Oh, yeah, Big Brother is everywhere, even if not "creepy" fellow users. Happy Halloween, internet!
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:32 am
Like everything else, the way you use it has a lot to do with how creepy it gets. I have only professional information, including a professional head shot, and have never been solicited (of course I am not a hot babe!) My only contacts who are personal friends are or were also professional colleagues, or services I use, or political allies, or they wouldn't be there. As for help, when a former colleague who had passed away was still showing as active over a year later, I had to do some creative searching, but once I had the information on who to contact, I found them helpful and flexible (I didn't of course have a death certificate, but I did have the full color program from the funeral and some other information). I don't get many emails - because i have opted out of all but a few.

I do think social media in general are creepy, but that's why I don't use them. This article has some good suggestions if you want to use (or continue to use) LinkedIn and also cover your posterior. Really, we should all be aware when we use social media what we are getting into and arrange our settings accordingly.
 

Val R. (230)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:41 am
Luckily - I use it for my Etsy business - that is about it - not my favorite site -
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:44 am
There's only one site I use and that's Twitter and I only use it for posting petitions and aritcles. I occasionally do read the posts from those I follow or who follow me.
I tried LinkedIn and didn't have any use for it.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 11:06 am
Egad! I just joined two weeks ago. I'm going to end my membership/account.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 11:08 am
Thank you! (n, p, t)
 

Kathy Niell (92)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:52 pm
A cousin who unfriended me on FB sent me an invitation to join LinkedIn. Thanks, but no thanks!
 

Yvonne Taylor (41)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 2:52 pm
He He, I am posting the link on this on Linked In.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:21 pm
Thanks.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:36 pm
Go for it Yvonne!
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:05 pm
Once they have you on their site, you almost CAN;T get unlisted. It took me 1 year to get off and boy was it a hassle. I should never have joined.
 

Freya H. (299)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:31 pm
So, LinkedIn is the "new" Facebook? I've had an account for years, and it hasn't really done me much good.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:56 pm
Freya, they must be taking lessons from FB. I had the same problem getting away from those vultures!
 

Michelle S. (457)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:56 pm
THANKS CARRIE! JUST GOT BACK FROM CLOSING MY ACCOUNT 2 SECONDS AGO!!!
 

Carrie B. (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:57 pm
Sorry, I meant Sheri. Can you tell I'm tired?
 

Carrie B. (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:57 pm
Good for you Michelle!
 

Phyllis P. (427)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:11 pm
Reading the story now. I thought it was a great idea, especially the endorsement part. Getting endorsements on a professional level is always a feather in one's cap. It's sad when people have to take something clean and make it dirty. Thanks Cal. Let's hook up on LinkedIn, LOL!!!
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:09 pm
Never used it although I get requests from people to sign on. I'm not interested. Hardly have enough time to do all I am doing now.
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:37 pm
Sooooo Very Glad I don't belong to any of those social sites!
 

Anita R. (2)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:16 am
Never had any personal problems with Linked In. Need to delete employer however. Some users have discovered my work email and keep sending me sales emails inviting me to try their product. Pretty much all irrelevant to my position. Annoying but not threatening or anything.
 

Emma S. (225)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:48 am
So far I've found it fairly useful for keeping up to date with other theatre folk and seeing who's got what on when. I've never been stalked, but then I look fairly stern in my picture! But thank you, Carrie - I shall definitely keep on the alert.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:51 am
Noted. I've never used Linkedin, but it's good to know about these quirks. Sure hope this isn't true for all social media :-)
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:42 pm
Noted and thanks for the info, Carrie....now I know not to ever join. Not that I have time anyways.
 

John De Avalon (35)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:47 pm
Social networking...Why????

Want to keep in touch with friends and associates? Write, ring or e-mail, or go round and see them. Why post your private life on the Internet for the whole world to see?
 

Connie O. (40)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:53 pm
I do get requests from friends to use it, but I have not signed on
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:00 pm
I use Linkedin to post petitions or posts about the environment or animals, but still Im there....
 
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