• http://twitter.com/contentwriteroz Micky Stuivenberg

    I feel LinkedIn is missing the boat a bit with this new feature. In the past two weeks, I’ve received two endorsements for Online Advertising. I don’t even do that, and it’s not listed among my skills. My contacts were prompted by LinkedIn to just click ‘endorse’ for that skill. I wonder where it comes up with the skills it asks contacts to endorse people for. I can’t see there’s a way I can change the skills I would like to be endorsed for, but I hope LinkedIn will wise up and add that feature – or alternatively just stick to the skills I’ve actually listed on my profile page.

  • Lisa Hutt

    Oh great, another way to show how truly shallow we really are. People…can we really not give a few minutes and tell others what was so great about someone that we probably saw more often than our own family members. What’s the point of a recommendation from someone if it only takes a second to give it! I understand that this might make it easier to find “recommended” people for a certain skill but I fear most people will think they have done a great job “recommending” someone with a click, the same way they feel they’ve “connected” with someone by “liking” something they said. I want LinkedIn to stay business-like and leave the social media instant approval to the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Klout and all the other sites out there that believe fast and short is better than thoughtful. Don’t get me wrong…I love Twitter and use FB but I in no way think they are substitutes for real thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Porter/1845103996 Deborah Porter

    I agree with you Lisa. I think by converting to the 1-click format takes away from the value of a recommendation. The 1-click is great in Twitter, Klout, Facebook but not for a Professional Business Networking site. The 1-click doesn’t really say much about the person, your experience working directly with the person, or how you feel about the skills the person brought to the table, which is the reason you are willing to write a recommendation.

    I feel that LinkedIn recommendations are equivalent to a written recommendation for an employer. I would prefer my recommendation contain some meat and potatoes and not just the desert at the end of the meal.

    Bottom-line, don’t like, don’t like, don’t like. LinkedIn will become commercialized like all the other sites where the recommendation tend not to mean anything. Klout for example has these numbers but any new user has no idea what the numbers mean or how to obtain the counts assigned to your profile. Nor does it provide a clear explanation of how you achieve the number. I’m sure it’s embedded somewhere along the history line but it’s not easy to understand the rating.

    Reminder: LinkedIn is my professional business profile not merely my social media profile. I joined LinkedIn because it was more business related network; and I joined Facebook because it allowed the freedom of other types of social communication, and Twitter because it was an opportunity to connect with others from around the world on different levels in short spurts of conversations. Each social media has it’s purpose and why people joined. LinkedIn should continue to stand out as a Professional Business Networking profile and it shouldn’t have to fit in with all the other social media formats out there. Profit should not be the only reason for this change; integrity and credibility should fall somewhere at the top of that list.

    So, if you’re not making every single solitary penny that you could be making is it worth watering down your product and decrease it quality for those pennies?

    Closing: To me it goes back to branding your product. LinkedIn has already branded itself as a business product, so at the end of the day they will need to ask why. Looks like you’ve branded one way and now you’re willing to get in bed with the wolves just to gain more meat for yourself while you leave your customers out to dry. You’re saying I want to run with the pack!

    Deborah Ann Porter

  • http://twitter.com/JoeStubblebine Joe Stubblebine

    While LinkedIn Recommendations (those brief little snippets of nice things that people say about you) add “social validity” to you as a person and tell others how you performed at a specific job, they don’t tell the whole story. Should you care about LinkedIn Skill Endorsements? If you want to give people a better sense of what you know and get found by people who will want to pay you more money than what you’re making now, the answer is “absolutely.” I just wrote a blog focusing on Endorsements to get you more visible to recruiters. http://jobcircle.com/blog/?p=2839