LinkedIn Recommendation/Endorsement Oopsie

November 28th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

Check out this email I got from a connection:

Now that LinkedIn launched “endorsements,” they need to figure out some wording on their site, or people are going to get more confused than they are.

If I click on the Endorse link at the bottom, it takes me to the page in LinkedIn where I can write a Recommendation.  Which is really like a professional endorsement.

However, LinkedIn recently announced a new thing called “endorsements,” which are not Recommendations.

Oops.

Here’s my definition of each:

Recommendation: what LinkedIn has had for years.  This gives you the ability to write stuff, like a testimonial, about your first degree contacts (one at a time).

Endorsement: New in Fall/Winter 2012.  This is what I would call Part II to the Skills section.  You can “endorse” someone’s SKILLS on their Profile by simply clicking a button.  It’s like “liking” their skill.  So far not many people see value in it… we’ll see if it sticks.

  1. 2 Responses to “LinkedIn Recommendation/Endorsement Oopsie”

  2. By Sophie Lagacé on Nov 28, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t like the endorsements as they are currently implemented and used. I’ve had several well-meaning people endorse me for skills or areas of expertise they are not in a position to assess, either because they have not seen my work or because they don’t themselves have sufficient expertise to evaluate me.

  3. By Jason Alba on Nov 28, 2012 | Reply

    Definitely one of my issues with “endorsements,” also.

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