If only LinkedIn had an “Annoying” Button…
Facebook recently unveiled its plans to start rolling out the Dislike Button, or perhaps this is a rumor. Reddit & other web communities have a downvote button.
I am wondering if LinkedIn should start rolling out an Annoying Button. Or even a Dislike Button.
If you are like most active LinkedIn users, you probably spend a good chunk of your working day on the Professional Networking Platform LinkedIn. Yes, LinkedIn is supposed to be a “Professional” network. And the habits of a few LinkedIn users are just plain stupid and annoying.
I wanted to share some Habits of LinkedIn users that drive others crazy. This post might come across as abrasive to some of my LinkedIn connections & users – but someone has to say something. I am just echoing the sentiments of most LinkedIn users.
1. Posting Selfies
Yes, I have seen many selfies or mugshots on LinkedIn. Go to your Home Page and you will see at-least three a day. And then you have 3 or 4 commenting and sharing these selfies.
I have no issues with selfies, but LinkedIn is not the place. Sites like Facebook, Instagram are perfect places to upload your numerous selfies; and I am sure you will have raving fans over there. But please for the love of your career and the sanity of other LinkedIn users – STOP this Habit.. now.
2. Unprofessional Updates
Recently I noticed on my home feed that a LinkedIn user shared a religious meme (actually it was atheistic meme) and others were commenting on it.
How is this helping someone advance their career or business? I commented on that post and respectfully requested them not to post such updates. I was not offended by the post (everyone has the right to their opinions) but I was annoyed that the post was on LinkedIn. I see numerous such memes, posts, updates on my home screen and I just unfollow their posts and updates.
3. Mass Emails
Have you ever received an email like this?
“Great job opportunity for an experienced Accountant, I thought you might be a great fit for this role….”.
And you noticed that along with yourself another 27 people (none of them you knew) were copied on that email. There was no salutation – clearly, this was a mass email.
I think people should have the decency to take a moment to – the first check if the prospective recipient is even a good fit for the role, and second, send a personalized individual email.
4. Mass Emailing Their Resumes
It is true that LinkedIn is a great platform for uncovering new job opportunities – I personally have benefited from LinkedIn to land job opportunities.
However, some users think that mass emailing their resumes to all their LinkedIn connections will get them hired. If anyone has had success with this strategy – please let me know – I will start mass-emailing my resume to all Google Employees that I can connect on LinkedIn, and I will hope someone will give me a job at Google because of my brilliant marketing strategy.
5. Sending Their Generic Business Solicitations
There are numerous examples of salespeople and businesses that have thrived on LinkedIn. They have uncovered potential leads and opportunities on LinkedIn, connect with prospects, and won new business. However, I believe they took a more personalized & professional approach.
I often, get emails from individuals whom I have never talked to – yet they send me a 5-page email on why their business is awesome & should buy their product.
I once had a guy send me his restaurant’s menu through LinkedIn. Seriously? I wonder how many of his LinkedIn connections showed up to his restaurant.
6. I Endorsed You, So Please Endorse Me
The Skills section on LinkedIn is a place where you can showcase your expertise & core-skills, and others (presumably people with whom you have worked with) can endorse you. It is an easier way for others to recommend you without having to write a lengthy Recommendation.
However, we constantly get endorsements on our skills from people we have never worked with or done business with.
Thank you very much for that. I appreciate your gesture Dear Stranger!!.
Then, they turn around and send you a note asking you to endorse all their skills. It is the social version of “I scratch your back, so you scratch my back”. I personally find this unethical, I am uncomfortable endorsing someone I have not worked with. I feel cornered when people endorse me and then ask me to endorse them.
7. Posting Links & Announcements on LinkedIn Publishing
Recently I read that LinkedIn Publishing now has more than 1 million writers. More than 1 million out of the total 380 Million users are now writing blogs, publishing articles, and sharing their wisdom with the rest of the LinkedIn Ecosystem. This is great news – LinkedIn has truly democratized publishing.
However, some users post things that do not have any value or relevance to the readers. For example, some users post an advertisement for their products. LinkedIn Publishing is not an advertorial. Give people value first.
Some just post links or URLs as Long-posts. Although I admit that the information is useful – the users should consider posting them as updates rather than posts.
Some even post their resumes or job status on LinkedIn Publishing. I recently saw a user post that she is looking for a job. I have mentioned before that LinkedIn is a great avenue for job-hunting, however, posting it on the Publishing section makes it unprofessional and even desperate.
What are some other Habits of LinkedIn Users that you find annoying?
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