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LinkedIn is a special-purpose silo for hosting your professional resume, history, and contacts.
You may want to post (or POSSE) your resume to LinkedIn to find a job.
How to export your data
- Right hand menu / Privacy & Settings - Manage
- Getting an archive of your data - Change
- Fast file (from memory... this part is unavailable now that I've done it)
Then they send you email when it's ready. Note: You can only request one download per 72 hours
The result is a "Rich Media" directory and a bunch of CSV files:
$ head -1 *.csv ==> Additional Honors and Awards.csv <== Honors and Awards ==> Certifications.csv <== Name,Url,Authority,Start Date,End Date,License Number ==> Connections.csv <== First Name,Last Name,Email Address,Current Company,Current Position,Tags ==> Contacts.csv <== First Name,Last Name,Email,Notes,Tags ==> Education.csv <== School Name,Start Date,End Date,Notes,Degree Name,Activities ==> Inbox.csv <== From,To,Date,Subject,Content,Direction,Folder ==> Interests.csv <== Interests ==> Invitations.csv <== From,To,Date,Subject,Content,Direction,Folder ==> PhoneNumbers.csv <== Number,Extension,Type ==> Positions.csv <== Company Name,Description,Location,Start Date,End Date,Title ==> Profile.csv <== First Name,Last Name,Maiden Name,Created Date,Address,Birth Date,Contact Instructions,Marital Status,Headline,Summary,Industry,Association ==> Projects.csv <== Title,Start Date,End Date,Description,Url ==> Publications.csv <== Name,Date,Description,Publisher,Url ==> Recommendations Given.csv <== Recommendee First Name,Recommendee Last Name,Recommendation Date,Recommendation,Recommendee Company,Recommendee Title ==> Recommendations Received.csv <== Recommender First Name,Recommender Last Name,Recommendation Date,Recommendation,Recommender Company,Recommender Title,Recommendation status ==> Registration Info.csv <== Registration Date,Registration IP,Subscription Type,Inviter First Name,Inviter Last Name ==> Skills.csv <== Skill Name
Issues are problems due to perhaps ignorance (rather than malice) that we optimistically hope could/would be fixed.
Lack of rel-me
LinkedIn has a way to add your "Blog" URL to your LinkedIn profile, however, it has multiple problems:
- your LinkedIn profile URL does not actually have curlable hyperlink markup to your blog (JSON only)
- hyperlink itself uses a linkedin redirect to your blog
- hyperlink in the DOM lacks a rel=me
So LinkedIn will not work as an IndieAuth provider.
Criticism applies to bad behaviors that have some amount of malintent / maldesign.
Removing Key Features
- 2018-01: "We’re removing manually entered contacts data."
- 2016-12: Relationship Section of Profile - No Longer Available
They demoted search-by-location to the point where it was nearly impossible to use, but it seems to be better now. Madmode.com (talk) 19:38, 5 January 2018 (PST)
In order to retain users, LinkedIn now send out emails to tell you that people are looking at your profile, which is kind of creepy. The subject lines are of the form: "(name), people are looking at your LinkedIn profile".
It doesn't quite reach dark pattern levels of evil, but it is playing on your natural anxiety around being watched (especially in an era of PRISM and Edward Snowden etc.)
Treats Import as Spam Contacts
LinkedIn spams everyone you "import":
- 2013-03-06 https://twitter.com/mathowie/status/309417266842308608
With three clicks, I (accidentally) asked 1138 people to connect on LinkedIn using their import feature. Goddammit, I hate you LinkedIn.
- 2013-03-06 Matt Haughey: LinkedIn is a Virus - longer blog post with follow-up analysis
- 2016-03 Evert Pot: 10 years on LinkedIn - Blog post stating that it's too valuable to close the account, but full of "creepy practises"
Public Profiles Require Login to View
As of 2017-??, even with all the public profile settings enabled, profiles require logging in to view. Viewing a public profile URL without being logged in presents a login screen.
Public Feed Updates Require Login to View
Similarly, likely around the same timeframe, public posts require logging in to view.
and errantly says: "Oops… / This post is not available"
Confirmed that it requires login: https://twitter.com/ndw/status/948883716239224833
- use their "pulse" links instead:
POSSE to LinkedIn
LinkedIn features an API that supports "sharing content on LinkedIn", which can be used for POSSEing. Based on a session at IndieWebCamp Brighton 2016 it had apparently not been attempted; subsequently Sebastian Greger presented a proof-of-concept at the IndieWebCamp.
Backfeeding comments and likes is also possible via the API.
- sgreger started POSSEing to LinkedIn on 2016-09-25
- original: ???
- POSSE copy: https://www.linkedin.com/nhome/updates?topic=6185750612253175808
- "We all celebrate in our own ways" @ftrain December 24, 2018
- Criticism, too easy to make fake accounts (insufficient fake account patrolling, perhaps account inflation incentives) makes users more vulnerable to state-level threats: China's using LinkedIn to recruit spies... again
- ^^^ somewhat applies to other silos too:
It's not just LinkedIn that's being hunted. According to the New York Times, the Chinese government is also scrolling through Facebook and Twitter accounts looking to secure fresh meat for their witting intelligence asset grinder
- Criticism: AI-generated fake accounts: 2022-10-05 Krebs: Glut of Fake LinkedIn Profiles Pits HR Against the Bots
…fabricated LinkedIn identities — which pair AI-generated profile photos with text lifted from legitimate accounts…