Are you in the top 1% of cool LinkedIn people?

February 12th, 2013 | by Jason Alba |

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… 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?


  1. 4 Responses to “Are you in the top 1% of cool LinkedIn people?”

  2. By Steven Burda on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I am 1% of 1% :)

  3. By Mordechai (Morty) Schiller on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    They suckered me too. And I am still impressed with how well they did it! Very smooth.

  4. By Jeff Zelaya on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Totally misleading and pointless! Next time they should just send it to the top .001% or at least the most recommended on LinkedIn…or endorsed. Right Steven Burda?

  5. By Alex E. on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    The ironic title of my response post: Honorable Mention.

    “I’m big on Linkedin,” I wrote. “In fact, they just told me so…”

    But fact remains, as long as the network continues to stay relevant, respectful of privacy and easy to use, it will retain its professional value. To that end, they are trying a number of means to keep expand relevance beyond job seekers towards information seekers — particularly by crowd-filtering news of greatest interest to members. Badges work for Scouting, so why not on Linkedin? Who doesn’t like think they are one in a million anyway?

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