Re: OT ... linkedin and skills and profiles ... oh my!

From: joel garry <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:07:00 -0800 (PST)
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On Jan 24, 5:07 pm, John Hurley <> wrote:
> I have been on linkedin quite a long time ... not terribly useful to
> me ... but our local oracle user group NEOOUG has a group that is
> "about" as social networking aware as a bunch of oracle geeks
> typically get.
> Somehow I acquired skills or listed them perhaps ... been so long
> don't recall the details.
> Some of my friends/contacts have endorsed me for some of these
> skills ... kind of nice ... thanks so much I guess.
> However ... just today I saw one of my newest linkedin contacts ...
> someone I do not think I actually know from anywhere ( who sent me a
> connect request ) ... endorse me for a couple of skills.  I tend to
> accept connection requests from people on linkedin unless I see that
> they are recruiters.
> Anyway ... one of the skills that I some how have listed on linkedin
> is BI ... business intelligence.  Not so much in reality at all ... I
> do have my partner DBA who handles the Data Warehouse schema design
> and management.
> Anyhow my new linkedin contact endorsed me for BI and Unix skills.  I
> am ok in unix and can hack stuff together and debug almost anything
> given time.  Not bad I guess ... plus years and years of experience do
> help.
> Kind of a strange world here where people do don't really know you at
> all are endorsing you for skills.
> That's all I got for today ... sorry for the OT ramblings!

They can't help it. Gamification (the use of software game mechanics and behaviors to keep people contributing to social media) means people binge on it, without even knowing why.

Linkedin was created for recruiters and monetized for investors. Users are product. Anything else there is secondary to that.


-- is bogus.
Received on Fri Jan 25 2013 - 18:07:00 CET

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