Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Make no mistake. I am honored when people choose to endorse me on LinkedIn. I appreciate them taking a few moments to click the button and send a message my way that they think I have a certain positive capability. I always try to respond in kind.
However, LinkedIn could certainly take lessons from Connect.me, or better still, use Connect.me, when it comes to vouching for and cataloging a person’s capabilities. Here are some deficiencies in the LinkedIn approach that are much better implemented in Connect.me:
Whom have I endorsed? On LinkedIn, I have no way to review the people I have endorsed or what capabilities I have endorsed. I would really like to step through a list of my contacts, see which ones I have endorsed, and for what.
Who has endorsed me? On LinkedIn, there is no way I have found to review a list of my contacts and know if they have endorsed me or what they have endorsed me for.
In your face, with limited information. I resent that each time I access LinkedIn, I am presented with a grid of four people, each with one capability, asking for me to endorse them. There are two problems here. First, I link to endorse people as a conscious action, not upon an impulse. Second, I should like to consider multiple endorsements of a person, rather than just the one LinkedIn suggests. This often results in a scattered sequence of individual endorsements, rather than a cohesive set of endorsements.
Ease of use. When LinkedIn does suggest a person to endorse, I can’t easily go to his or her profile page to do a multiple endorsement set. I must type in his or her name to reach the profile page.
Well, there my rant. It’s doubtful that LinkedIn will listen to me … but hopefully they will fix their reputation system just the same.