LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is a special-purpose silo for hosting your professional resume, history, and contacts.

Why

You may want to post (or POSSE) your resume to LinkedIn to find a job.

How to export your data

  1. Right hand menu / Privacy & Settings - Manage
  2. Getting an archive of your data - Change
  3. Fast file (from memory... this part is unavailable now that I've done it)

Then they send you email when it's ready.

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

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

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)

Creepy emails

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":

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.

linkedin-authwall.png

Public Feed Updates Require Login to View

Similarly, likely around the same timeframe, public posts require logging in to view.

E.g.: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:linkedInArticle:6352488579234570240/

and errantly says: "Oops… / This post is not available"

Confirmed that it requires login: https://twitter.com/ndw/status/948883716239224833

Workaround:

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.

Useful resources:

Backfeeding the comments and likes does not seem possible based on the API documentation.

POSSE Examples

See Also