• My position on LinkedIn endorsements is that although they don’t provide much value, they are one of those things that if you don’t have there is an appearance of something wrong with you. This is especially true for job searchers.

  • I guess they’re supposed to be a good idea but they are pretty dumb. First of all, to be honest I don’t know a thing about most of the people I’m connected with but it’s just too easy to hit the endorse button. It’s sort of Pavlovian – endorse this person! Ok…

    Secondly, a whole stack of people have suddenly started endorsing me for… wait for it… YouTube. I’ve never written about YouTube. I don’t have a single video on YouTube (maybe I should, but that’s another topic!) and I’m pretty sure if I had a YouTube question, I wouldn’t be the one to ask.

    I think they’re trying to be accessible but I think they’re just diluting the point.

  • LinkedIn lost major legitimacy when they came out with endorsements. I tried to delete them from my profile, but last I checked, you couldn’t do that. Judging by the things I’ve been endorsed for (which I know nothing about), I would place absolutely no stock in any endorsements on any profile.

  • Nice post Geoff, and good valid comments as well. I see the “value” of showing engagement, but they are promoted so much and it’s soooo easy to give them…

    With some modifications they could be more meaningful but they may be beyond the point of no return at this point. Possible enhancements:
    — As a user maybe I could proactively identify a list of skills I wanted to be endorsed for;
    — A mechanism to initiate an invitation to my connections to request endorsements for those relevant skills. Because the keyword-identifying algorithm that scrubs my posts and profile doesn’t seem to be dialed in.
    — remove the endorsement ad at the top of the page, unless it’s promoting only the profile I’m viewing. And one at a time, not 4 random connections at a time, whom I may or may not have had any engagement with for potentiall years.

    I’m all for not throwing the baby out with the bath water, but generally the feeling seems to be that the endorsements have no real benefit. Food for thought.

  • Great post, Geoff! I think what’s happening points to the old PR/propaganda adage “perceptions lag reality” — making it often easier (for black PR types) to spin negatively towards the past or people’s emotion-laden biases than to confront incorrect conventional wisdom. My LinkedIn endorsements are similar. My second and third most endorsed skills on LinkedIn, newsletters and proposal writing, reflect what I primarily did 10 to 20 years ago. Thankfully, strategic communications is number one, but, oddly, web content,which I do quite a bit, does not make the top 10. Again, I think it’s a case study in “perceptions lag reality.” Crowdsourcing might be real-time, but it is not necessarily present day reality driven… especially when some algorithm is making off-base suggestions to people.

  • I think the endorsements are a mixed bag. I have plenty of endorsements from people I’ve worked or collaborated with – and those I value. Then there are those from people I don’t recognize – I’m assuming they expect reciprocation, but I only endorse someone based on what I know to be true. Mostly I let the meaningless ones go, it’s not like I promote the endorsements – as you said – they’re at the bottom of the page.

  • When they first came out, I thought “awesome”. People may not have time to do a recommendation in their own words, but they would be willing to click on a list of your skills that benefitted them.

    Then the gaming and “guilt reciprocity” kicked in…way to screw up a good thing, people. Now I’m getting endorsed for things that are nowhere NEAR my skill set, and I’m getting endorsed for skills that are absolutely in my sweet spot – by people who can’t possibly now firsthand that I have those skills.

    I will accept the legit endorsements, and I’ve given legit endorsements, but that integrity by the few will quickly be lost in the noise of embellishment and shallow reciprocity.

  • Have you ever deleted or not accepted an endorsement? Have you reordered them? And finally have you tried to change your summary to see if more pertinent endorsements appear? I’ve tried all 3 in an extremely limited effort and wondered if anyone else had results by trying to better control their endorsements.

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