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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2013 1:16 p.m. PST

I have recently received a lot of requests from perfect strangers who want me to be a Linkedin buddy, or whatever it's called.

anybody else?

zippyfusenet Inactive Member25 Sep 2013 1:25 p.m. PST

Yeh. So? A friend of an aquaintance of a former co-worker is a total stranger to me, but saying yes doesn't cost me anything, so I usually do. It's all about building up a vast network of Linkedln contacts to further one's employment prospects. I think I'm past the point where it really matters, so I don't play very vigorously. Still, it might amount to something positive wunna theze daze, so why not?

I've said yes so much that total strangers on Linkedln are now endorsing me for skills that I never knew I had. Isn't that nice.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2013 2:17 p.m. PST

I ignore them.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2013 2:48 p.m. PST

I ignore them as well

Parzival25 Sep 2013 3:06 p.m. PST

LinkedIn is not a secure system: link

Also, I recall reading it has been used by phishing scammers. So rather than click the link, I'd suggest going directly to your LinkedIn account via your browser to be certain the request is valid.

Lastly, I consider a link request as something of an endorsement of an individual's character and professional abilities. Therefore, unless I have an established relationship with the individual, I don't accept the link request. Even if I *know* the individual, but have no experience of their professional work, I won't accept the link request except for long term acquaintances whose character I can vouch for. Seems to me to be a professional approach.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2013 5:19 a.m. PST

What Parzival said. I don't accept invitations to
'link' unless I've known the requestor for a while.

Belisarius26 Sep 2013 5:30 a.m. PST

I get them and I am not even on Linkedln

jdpintex26 Sep 2013 7:34 a.m. PST

Some I accept. Some I don't. Depends upon what/who they are. I find the endorsements tiring and useless, but the long list of job opportunities is useful, especially when HR comes out with their "benchmarking studies".

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member27 Sep 2013 11:27 a.m. PST

I get them mostly from people I know. Cousin, niece, good friend…

Altius Inactive Member11 Oct 2013 12:13 p.m. PST

I'm on LinkedIn, but I only endorse people I actually know. It's good tool, and I've gotten projects from it, but weird stuff sometimes happens there.

I'll give you an example: About three months ago, I was talking to an overseas headhunter about a legitimate project, and at some point, he asked me something about my LinkedIn profile. About 2 minutes after we hang up, he emails me and says something like, "I just endorsed you for a bunch of things, so now return the favor and endorse me for a bunch of things". And this was immediately followed by three of his associates also emailing me to request endorsements. It just felt…weird. Nobody got anything that day. If this is the modern face of business, I could do without that little aspect.

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