People have been getting emails from LinkedIn congratulating them for being in the top x percent of Profiles viewed.
The reaction I’ve seen ranges from “so what – that’s not worth anything” to “this is a failure on LinkedIn’s part” to some people feeling flattered that they are in a high percentage.
One savvy resume immediately put that on his LinkedIn Profile Professional Headline, which I thought was a smart move (since he writes Profiles, and that is seemingly cool).
If you are better than “really bad” at math, you should know that the percentages mean:
Top 1% = in the top 2 million Profiles viewed. Everyone who reads this blog should be in the top 1%… !
Top 2% = in the top 4 million Profiles viewed.
Top 5% = in the top 10 million Profiles viewed.
Top 10% = in the top 20 million Profiles viewed.
Let’s put that into perspective a tiny bit… compete.com says the traffic of LinkedIn is about 25M or 26M a month. Take out new signups and it’s perhaps 22M?
So if you are in the top 10% that simply means you are one of the people who… stuck around? Or what? You beat out 90% of the rest, but I’m guessing those 90% came and went quickly anyway.
Not to be cynical but what data do you wish they would show? What would be really important as far as how you measure up to others in the system?