LinkedIn sure doesn’t get the bad press that Facebook seems to always get, but why not?  Below are a few reasons why I hate LinkedIn and I will continue to update this post as policies change and I find new things (please contribute if I missed something).

Contents:

LinkedIn Notifying Us of Colleagues’ Work Anniversary


Really, it’s a former schoolmates’ 1 year work anniversary!?  You’ve got to be kidding? I’m going to call FTD right now and order some flowers.  Not really, I couldn’t give less of a shit about this LinkedIn. Eff you LinkedIn.

 

Another reader commented below that when she made a minor spelling change in her job title, it blasted her entire contact list “announcing” her new job, which led to dozens of undeserved “congratulations” emails.  Thanks for doing that LinkedIn! This occurrence highlights how LinkedIn prioritizes it’s own growth over your privacy.

LinkedIn “Premium” Services = Bribery to Violate the Privacy of Others

Ahh, struggling a bit to justify InMail's existence?

Want to contact someone who isn’t a “first degree” contact? You have to pay LinkedIn to send an “InMail.” Presumably, the reason you can’t email them to begin with is to protect the person’s privacy – which obviously is a lower priority than LinkedIn making some money.

Want to see who’s viewed your profile?  Then pay for LinkedIn Premium. This feature is actually available to “non premium” users as well, but “premium” allows you to see a detailed history instead of  just a recent few.

LinkedIn Privacy “Must”

Uh oh, you didn’t realize that anyone on LinkedIn can see when you visit their profile? Perhaps you just googled the cute girl who interviewed for an accounting position at your company? Then you need to follow this LinkedIn Privacy “Must:” You can set your browsing to “anonymous” by Clicking here to change this privacy setting.

PS, “eff you” LinkedIn for making the default setting “show everyone exactly who visited their profile.

Update on this Issue (Warning): LinkedIn Dialog Very Misleading

This is prompt I’ve gotten on LinkedIn.  Do you think it’s worded in a misleading way (ie. hiding the fact that you will now have your identity revealed to every person you view on LinkedIn)??

I feel this is misleading

“So and So” Endorsed Your Skills  (equals “You Better Login and Return the Favor…”)

Thank you, guy I haven’t talked to in five years. I am glad you think I’m good at SEO.  Do you even know what it is?   I guess I should now login to LinkedIn and pretend that I have an opinion on your skill set as well.  This is just a thinly veiled excuse for LinkedIn to try and get people back on their site and engage with each other (and hopefully, sign up for “LinkedIn” premium).

The whole “recommendations” and “soliciting recommendations” thing sucks too, for obvious reasons (ie. hmm, how do I tactfully not “recommend” this person who has explicitly asked me to do so… ah yes, there is no way to do this).


No Way to “Block” People You Don’t Like on LinkedIn


Remember that kook who got all belligerent when you were working on a project together several years ago? Or perhaps the tea party in-law (who incidentally vastly inflates their job title on LinkedIn). You don’t want to be connected to them at all and in fact, you don’t even want to see their faces but there they are, constantly being “suggested” to you as a connection (due to mutual connections you share).

Heck they don’t want to be connected to you either, but you can be sure that your profile is being “suggested” to them as well. Why can’t you proactively “block” people on LinkedIn? It works great on Facebook.

“Join 224 other Contacts and Give us the Keys to your Email Contacts”

"Here are the people you should not trust because they already betrayed you to us."

Not only does LinkedIn “out” other people in your network who’ve cluelessly allowed them to “mine” their email contact lists (by showing you their pictures), if you fall for this ruse, then everyone in your email address book will get emails using your identity to prompt them to join LinkedIn.

The worst part is, that if you already are a member of LinkedIn and have multiple emails (that your contacts have used), it spams your other emails endlessly as though you were a person who never joined LinkedIn… if you (like me) have 10+ email identities you’ve accumulated this can lead to hundreds of SPAM emails when someone you know unwittingly falls for this feature.

By far my worst pet peeve:

LinkedIn e-mail service requiring login after typing and “sending” your message.

This one is unforgivable. You get an email (in your gmail inbox) and click to type out your lengthy reply (you are taken to LinkedIn’s website). You click “send” and move on with your life… but wait, the email didn’t send –  you are taken to a login screen… I hope you didn’t walk away from your computer for a moment (or move onto another project) because if you wait a couple minutes to login then your message is GONE.

Why do they include this “security feature?” I clicked reply from the message that LinkedIn sent to my personal email, then it took me to a screen where I appear to be logged in (and can see the identity of the person I am responding to and the message they wrote to me). Because I can see the identity and profile of the person who sent the message (and also read the message itself) it seems as though I am  logged in at this point (and if someone is hacking my email, they already have violated my privacy at this point).  Why would they require another login after you’ve spent the time crafting your email? Or, more specifically, why isn’t there something in place to prevent the loss of the message I created before I clicked “send?”

Will continue to update this article as new issues present themselves…

 

by Michael Hurst