who controls what you see when someone views your linkedin profile? surfing google plus this morning, I came across this minirant from the normally sunny-side-up john haydon:
one commenter placed the blame on revenue hungry linkedin, implying that paying reid hoffman (or whoever’s running the show over there now) for a premium account would pull back the curtain and unmask your shy visitor. another commenter took the opportunity to wonder if seeing any information at all consituted a privacy violation. there’s no doubt that linkedin is as money hungry as the rest of us, but in this case they are respecting the wishes of visitors to your linkedin profile. yes, you control what shows up about you to other linkedin users on whom you’ve come to call.
users control their visibility when they visit your linkedin profile
see what’s going on in there? of course, linkedin recommends that you go full monte, and because I have no shame, I generally do. however, I do not have to. the individuals that john wishes he could see more of (in a professional context, of course), has elected to show a limited amount of information about themselves to other users whose linkedin profile they have visited. there is even an option to go dark entirely.
so – don’t blame the game, praise the player. for more about linkedin premium accounts and a cheap way to get some premium goodness, check out my post on linkedin premium features for less.
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