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LinkedIn fail - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 8th, 2011

10:08 am - LinkedIn fail

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As mentioned, I recently updated my profile on LinkedIn. Part of this is that they ask you if you want to invite people to your network. "OK, I'm looking for a job," I thought, "Expanding my network sounds like a good plan." So I clicked yes.

At which point the site spidered every person I've ever emailed through any of the email addresses I use.

Now here's the bit where I feel a bit dumb. 900 and something addresses came up, all selected. Instead of deselecting them all and only reselecting the ones I wanted to send to, I started deselecting them individually. If you were in the first 300, you're one of the lucky ones. But my laptop was running out of battery and I got pissed off with it and eventually clicked 'send'.

Now, anyone who hasn't responded to the invitation is getting sent reminders spam every couple of days. I have found a way to stop this, which requires me to open each individual invitation and withdraw it. I'm doing that. It'll take a while.

I have to ask though, what sort of professional networking site thinks it makes their clients look professional to spam their potential contacts with repeated invitations? Surely one is enough? I'm considering deleting my profile over this because WTF?

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From:tatjna
Date:February 7th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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They are totally failing me. They have now suspended my account due to 'too many page views'. There have been a lot of page views because I have had to individually withdraw* a large number of invitations and each withdrawal takes 4 clicks.

Not impressed.

* There is no facility to do this in bulk as the 'withdraw' button only appears after you open the invitation.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 7th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I have never seen the point of linked in.

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From:tatjna
Date:February 7th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Supposedly, it allows people to network professionally, makes your CV available to browsing employers and allows people to make recommendations. For me, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have an up-to-date CV up there.

It does have a useful facility which sends me a job digest for Hong Kong on a daily basis, but I've never heard of anyone who's got a job through LinkedIn networking.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 7th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
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that does seem useful.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 8th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
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LinkedIn became successful before they started doing that. I suspect this is a management decision by people with no clue of net ettiquite. If not, then linkedin has just lost the plot.

I'd send them a complaint email, since they are meant to help people get jobs, not burn bridges.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 8th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
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I have, pointing out that I consented to one invitation, not repeated ones - and also complaining about their suspending my account when I tried to fix it.
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