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LinkedIn Has Gone Full Retard

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" Everybody knows you never go full retard."

-Kirk Lazarus


LinkedIn just sent out an email announcement that you can now add a background image to your profile. Verbatim:


Add personality to your profile

Now you can make your profile pop by adding a custom background. Just upload an image that reflects your passions, projects, or inspiration and show people what you're about.

Maybe I'm just rapidly approaching the get off my lawn stage, but it would seem to me that this completely misses the point of LinkedIn. Or at least its initial goal or stated mission purpose. In a nutshell, professional Facebook sans nonsense. Over the years more and more social network crap has been added that takes away from the beauty and simplicity of the "connect and here is my resume" model.

Perhaps its necessary to maintain relevance in today's world with a bazillion social networks? All I know is that I have not yet and probably will never participate in a comment chain or article that gets linked in any group I'm a part of. Nor will I upload a background picture. How does the picture of a coffee and pen and paper appeal to anyone? Well, I wasn't going to give Knowles an interview, but damn is his background picture of an orchid moving.


If I may remain on my soapbox a little while longer, what is the deal with recruiters sending you a message on linkedin and then immediately asking for a resume? Did you not just see my profile? It's pretty much the same thing minus some minor formatting. So either you didn't read to begin with or the information already laid out doesn't matter? If only I had a background picture that spoke to the recruiter's childhood memories...

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04 December 2014 - 09:33 AM
I think linkedin has been off the charted course for sometime. It is slowly becoming the myspace of the business world.

I have a ton of connections (mostly recruiters), and get buzzed by HR folk here and there, but nothing really has materialized.

As for the resume part - no.. I haven't had that problem yet. I still get a smattering of recruiters asking for me for irrelevant jobs like being a branch manager of some new bank or what not. *sigh*


04 December 2014 - 11:29 AM
I think all social media is fated to be inane, regardless of how it starts out. There are always people, in and outside the company, who want to game the system, mostly for profit. That drains the intellectual and creative aspects until you're left with yet another marketing machine.


04 December 2014 - 11:44 AM
Ha! It reminds me of southpark's episode last night. Content is no longer important, but the comments on the content is the content now... er something to that effect.


05 December 2014 - 07:16 PM
Linked in - "Making connections for no reason at all"


07 December 2014 - 08:22 PM
I haven't put too much effort onto my LinkedIn account, but I there have been a few companies that require me to enter in my LinkedIn url... dunno what gives. they could just get the information from my resume


08 December 2014 - 02:12 AM
I'm avoiding LinkedIn for the same reason one avoids using places like Craigslist.


08 December 2014 - 06:33 AM
Not to mention the InMail messages that show up randomly in ones mailbox.

"We invite you to apply for our most rewarding Gold Card –the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express..."

I've tried to find something meaningful in what the website does, but to be honest I think you've hit the nail on the head here. It might have been a useful tool at one point in time, but I think it's quickly loosing its relevance.


10 December 2014 - 09:11 PM
Nice, I haven't gotten any blatantly advertising InMails yet.
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