You are the product not the user. The average user that signed up for LinkedIn thinks LinkedIn is helping them stay connected to their close network of contacts. There are many other ways to stay connected to your associates now and they should consider leaving LinkedIn.

Most users do not visit the site on a weekly, monthly and maybe even yearly basis. What they might not have realized is that they are not the customer, they are the product. I highly doubt that is was clear to them at the time they signed up, that the business of LinkedIn is selling views of their profile to the majority of users that drive the page views, head hunters. I would guess that if peoples names were not visible in the records, then LinkedIn’s traffic would plummet to nothing very quickly.

1. LinkedIn takes money from companies for job postings and at the same time sells their employees information to the hordes of head hunters that make up the majority of daily users and page viewers. Even recruiters have non-solicitation clauses. What does it say about a company that has ethics even lower than a head hunter’s?

2. LinkedIn says one thing to make you think your information is under control when they know that it is not. LinkedIn tells new users to only link to people they know, thus giving them a false sense that their profile can not be viewed by the unconnected masses. At the same time, LI is well aware of users that amass huge networks of faceless connections for the sole purpose of reaching as many people as possible. LinkedIn has turned a blind eye to these toplinked groups. Even Facebook limits the amount of “friends” one can have. LinkedIn does not because it would limit the number of people that a head hunter can view.

3. Shouldn’t the policy be opt in instead of opt out? Why do users have to opt out of being displayed in their companies profile when they are promoted, recently joined, or are the “popular profile”. This is just blatant disrespect for the supposed customers. It may take a long time for someone to even find out that their record is fair game on the company page.

4. If you did use a screen name instead of your real name to protect yourself from cold calling headhunters, it is a violation of the user agreement to use a pseudonym. So LinkedIn provides no protection from the cold calls and makes it illegal for you to simply use a fake name, which would easily solve the problem. Can you guess why?

5. LinkedIn is not a powerful network of friend of a friend connections. It is a phone book. Or as someone said “the equivalent of putting your name on the restroom stall.” Since so many users have amassed huge networks of people they do not know, the powerful network of tight connections does not exist anymore. Total dilution of what could have been a powerful tool.

You may ask how is that evil, a phone book is not evil. The difference is that it is search able. Go to Switchboard.com, can you search for someone just by putting in the street and state to see everyone that lives on that street? No, and for good reasons that have to do with privacy. So even though these people know that they are in the phone book, they are protected by the keeper of this information and trust them to protect their privacy.

I’m sure there are more ways to count, but that is all for today. If you have any other ways please leave them in the comments here and we will add them to this rant.

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Where are all the Linkedin apps from their API program and why is it taking so long? I know several companies that have applied to Linkedin to build an APP using the LinkedIn api.

1. when they filled out the application form and sent it in. They never heard word one from Linkedin, even to acknowledge they received the application.

2. How many apps do you know of that Linkedin currently supports, even though they announced the program some time ago.

3. Rumors are that LinkedIn is releasing their own internal apps, that surprise, are similar if not the same as some that sent in API requests.

Just Sayin…………?