Want a makeover?
It seems that I’ve inspired Scott Allen, author of The Virtual Handshake, guide on the entrepreneurs site at About.com, columnist for Fast Company and even executive editor of my new book (coming soon) I’m On LinkedIn – Now What???. He is starting a LinkedIn profile makeover and will probably do them monthly. Go on over and leave a comment on this post to put your name in the hat – wouldn’t it be cool to have him do a makeover for you? He’s quite a bit smarter than I am, and very analytical, so I’m sure that it will be done in good taste and you’ll get good value out of it.
Recommend someone to nurture your relationship!
The next link came from Scott, pointing me to Naina Redhu’s blog post about writing recommendations on LinkedIn. Seems like a simple thing but Naina provides excellent advice on how to write an effective recommendation. I strongly encourage you to read it and then apply it today.
Beware, using social networking sites can be hazardous to your (mental) health!
Finally, there was a policy and feature change at LinkedIn a couple of months ago (I didn’t see this on their blog). Here’s the deal… if I invite you to join my network, you have the option of saying “I don’t know you.” Seems like no big deal, right? Well, it is a big deal. Currently (I’m expecting this to change), if I get five people that click on that little “I don’t know you” button then my account gets… suspended!!
Still no big deal, right? What if I go into my Outlook Contacts, with 200 contacts, and invite them all? Many of them either don’t know me, or won’t remember me… I’m pretty sure I would get 5 clicks from that and my account will be suspended. I’ve heard LinkedIn users cry “foul!!” about this feature since it came out. The intention is good, but the implementation is rotten.
Think this is limited to LinkedIn? It’s not. Harry Joiner, the Marketing Headhunter, has just been banned by Facebook for uploading his Gmail contacts. Granted, there were 4,600 contacts in his Gmail account… but the bottom line is that his account was permanently disabled. Harry can’t play at Facebook anymore (unless he goes under another name and e-mail and fakes them out). It’s not that uncommon, apparently.
There seems to be a big question mark with regard to this kind of policy right now – companies are saying “you can’t do that” while users are saying “isn’t this what the site is all about??”. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can’t imagine that this is going to be a big deal for big companies in the limelight like LinkedIn and Facebook, but when you cross the line with a recruiter who blogs (and, btw, who all recruiting bloggers have immense respect for) you kind of have to be careful. At least they are getting publicity.
Here are some of the others that are blogging about Harry’s problem:
- Seattle Recruiting
- Recruiting Animal
- College Recruiter
- Wireless Jobs
- Facebook Observer
- Dave Mendoza
The bottom line is, use it, have fun, but beware of little gotchas that can wreak havoc on your mental health (for example, even though there is an Outlook plugin for LinkedIn, I wouldn’t recommend you use it to invite your contact book until this is resolved) 🙂 Good luck Harry!