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December 04, 2012


Keith McIlvaine

I don't like the endorsement feature but it seems to be the next necessary evil in the LinkedIn world. It appears to be very arbitrary and contrived, a dumbed-down recommendation feature if you will.

I also appreciate your reference to being on the receiving end of the LinkedIn shut down; I've been there a few times as well.

I presume this is the LinkedIn play into making profile skills more relevant and searchable, but will it have any sort of meaningful impact outside of search?

Colby Smith


I have endorsed a number folks in areas where I know they are competent...based on first hand experience.

But, I've also seen a number of endorsements come my way from people and thought "there's no way that person would know that I'm good in X area"

I'm not a Facebooker, but I'm equating "endorse" to "Liking"

Steve Boese

In a bit of an experiment, I added the skill of 'BBQ' to my profile, as of all my listed skills, it probably is my strongest. I have picked up a few endorsements for it as well, but sadly it is in danger of falling out of my Top 10 skills. But seriously, what would be more interesting, but will never happen because it doesn't fit the model, is if you were allowed to go negative on the endorsement game. When KD's profile page asks, 'Does Kris have skills in HR, Talent, etc.' there could be a 'No way' button to click. Would make the game more interesting, assuming people were willing to own their endorsements, both positive and negative.

Shirley Shurling

heck, I've gotten endorsements from people I don't even recognize (sorry to admit that)

I wonder if the endorsements will be used to supplement the TOP 100 RECRUITERS list that LinkedIN recently distributed - did anyone else get an email saying "check it out and se if you made the top tier?" Sorry to say didn't see my name - oh well maybe next year.


I have people endorsing me all the time that have never seen my work. We may have met at a conference a few years ago and then connected with me on LinkedIn. Does that make their endorsement credible?!?


@Brenda: That can't be verified. Since by looking at your profile I have no idea what your relation to every person that endorsed you is, I cannot tell who knows you and who doesn't (unless I also know them). Hence, to a stranger, they are all equally credible (or not credible) and here lies the problem in my opinion.

Carrie Brandes

Great post, Kris! I too questioned the endorsement feature. Little effort and superficial results. Wonder how this has impacted recommendations?

@steveboese - I like the negative ranking. It certainly would make people think twice as to what skills they claim to have on Linkedin. I think I will endorse your BBQ skills. Haven't had it, but I believe you.


Good post

Endorsement.. to use the technical is utterly pants
Not come across anyone who thinks it is useful

Actually wants me to visit less..
as does the can't see who's viewed you if your own searches are hidden.. but that I guess is fair game.

Where do I get the moustache drawing app btw - I mean it is Friday afternoon?1

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