Web workers who use LinkedIn have been known to be creative with their names. Instead of just listing themselves as “Jane Doe,” for example, one often sees “Jane Doe (jane-doe@domain_name.com)”. LinkedIn for Marketing is reporting that accounts with such additional information are being suspended.
I’ve been unable to find where these rules are spelled out in LinkedIn’s help files, but it’s probably a good idea to keep name information to a minimum. You can, if you wish, get creative in the “Professional Headline” field that appears below your name.
LinkedIn is an excellent tool for networking, but it’s a private enterprise that has the right to make its own rules. I think that it provides sufficient opportunities for profile creativity without trying to sneak additional information into the first and last name fields.
How do you get creative with your LinkedIn profile?