14 Responses to “Memo to LinkedIn: Copying Facebook has its downsides”

  1. Frankly, LinkedIn has not proven to be enough use to me over the past year to even pay attention to. Perhaps I haven’t investigated its possibilities but as far as I have observed, outside of being a rather limited online resume’, there isn’t much yo offer. If privacy issues top the news for this online medium, I am much more likely to simply delete my profile altogether.

  2. Mary Davis

    So I see this ad on Craigslist to test a new social media site… Curiosity gets the best of me… and I go in to test it. Wow! Was I in for a shock. If only Facebook new what is coming! While Google+ was rethinking social media and came out with a copy of Fb, another team of people was unthinking it. For real. Unthink social media is literally the name.

    They have been in secret development for over 3 years!!! Kidding you not. This will blow the market open. How did they keep this SECRET? From what I saw it’s about to launch. Facebook and Google are in for a huge surprise.

  3. Kudos to Mathew Ingram, Gigaom and all the bloggers and the privacy advocates who have raised these questions which has resulted in Linkedin giving us the option to opt out of social advertising. It’s difficult to fathom that a ‘professional’ networking site as LI would just leverage its user’s personal information and photos in exchange for advertising dollars. Unlike!

  4. I know people whose only foray into social networking was having a profile on LinkedIn because it was perceived to be a business networking site that allowed professionals to build a personal brand online. People don’t want their mugs on advertisements for all their connections to see. I hope LinkedIn realizes that its value lies in sticking to what it does best – connecting professionals – and not in trying to morph into a wannabe-Facebook site.

  5. Thad McIlroy

    Great catch. But a little more outrage is in order. Your update accepts without comment LinkedIn’s statement that they “could have communicated (their) intentions —- to provide more value and relevancy to our members —- more clearly.” You point out that they clearly were not interested in being clear on this. But where’s the outrage? The only acceptable response from LinkedIn would be to reverse the action and remove our opt in. But I just went to my settings and had to uncheck the box. So LinkedIn went into my private settings and changed them. Surely that contravenes some fine print on their agreement?

    I, for one, do not intend to get into the habit of reading fine print. It’s about trust. And LinkedIn has betrayed mine. I can’t imagine how they’ll regain it short of reversing this
    move that if not illegal, is enormously unethical.

    We cannot let these companies continue to lower the bar on acceptable company behavior.

  6. Bryan Lue

    Facebook hasn’t suffer a thing for it’s privacy issues and neither will LinkedIn. Although privacy concerns are certainly relevant, the greater public is completely naive to it and in the end don’t care. Wish that wasn’t the case but it’s the truth.

  7. I’m watching this with interest. LinkedIn has a shipload of unrealised value in it, but to my mind they have not really found the right formula yet for user engagement. All the LinkedIn groups I’ve joined just don’t have much going on in them. And the news stuff is just plain silly. I curate my own news as does every other person with a profile like mine. So I use groups like a badge.

  8. Looks like there was a lot of pressure to get this changed. I have just logged on to LinkedIn and got a popup which asked me to confirm whether or not I approve of my profile to be used in social advertising.

  9. Shiromasa Yamamoto

    In the new era that’s being called Web 2.0, the one thing that will decide the winners from losers will be the social networking site that offers its users anonymity & privacy, yet an effective platform that allows personal, professional, and business social networking. There is only one site today that meets this criteria, ONLYMEWORLD.COM, no real names, no email addresses.

  10. Neil Sanderson

    This looks like an incredibly dumb move. I hope LI is pressured to release stats on the percentage of users who opt out of this “feature”. I will certainly read carefully any future changes to their privacy policy.