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Criticisms and controversies[edit]

LinkedIn's Wiki needs a "Criticisms and controversies" section (similar to Facebook's Wikipedia page [Wiki]), because currently this Wiki appears to have been written with bias, seeming like a LinkedIn representative wrote most of it.

The main topics to cover would be:

  • LinkedIn's use of email address mining. LinkedIn has been sued for accessing users' email addresses by requesting their email passwords, then using those passwords to access their email contact lists and sending join requests to those contacts [1].
  • LinkedIn's use of Site Wide Auto-Moderation (SWAM). This LinkedIn policy automatically blacklists users from LinkedIn groups and offers limited recourse for appeals when a user is wrongly blacklisted [2].
  • LinkedIn's use of “People You May Know” email solicitation. LinkedIn generates lists of people that non-users may know based on email addresses that they have mined and then creates join requests which appear to be from those people, even though those people may not even be LinkedIn users [3]. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CherubCow (talkcontribs) 04:12, 16 April 2014‎ (UTC)
  1. ^ Geuss, Megan (21 September 2013). "LinkedIn sued by users who say it hacked their e-mail accounts". arstechnica. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Macpherson, Sholto (21 August 2013). "LinkedIn’s ‘Blacklist’ Censors Thousands of Legitimate Users". Box Free It. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Macri, Giuseppe (21 February 2014). "How LinkedIn creates fake accounts for your contacts, and uses you to solicit them into joining". Daily Caller. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

Mobile app and Official sites[edit]

The linked in mobile app references "linkd.in" web address in the read more section. Is this an official site or partner of linked in? Its unsettling that 10M people have downloaded the app but the documentation does not reference the official site.

Its been a while since I have posted anything, at least I remembered the tildes! Fozforic (talk) 14:13, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

confusing[edit]

It is important to write in such a way that a novice can understand the information. For example: the third paragraph under "Reception" -- after several tries, I have no idea what this paragraph means. It's wordy and jumbled. ProfessorAndro (talk) 23:12, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

i attempted to clarify it. Jytdog (talk) 23:16, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Economic Graph update[edit]


Hi all, in the nine months since the "Economic Graph" section was first added to this article the project has developed quite a bit, so I wanted to check in about updating/adding to the section. As mentioned above, I'm making the request here rather than editing myself because I have a COI: I work for a communications agency that represents LinkedIn. Here's what I suggest adding:

Insight from the Economic Graph has influenced research on various employment-related topics, including popular destination cities of recent college graduates (source), areas with high concentrations of technology skills (source), and common career transitions (source). LinkedIn provided the City of New York with data from the Economic Graph that highlighted “in-demand" tech skills to help inform the city's "Tech Talent Pipeline" project. (sources: 1, 2, 3) In March 2015, President Obama announced a technology training initiative for which LinkedIn will provide similar data. (source)

I'd be really grateful if someone could take a look at the above and let me know what you think. Happy to provide additional citations/research/information if that would be helpful as well. Thanks so much! Mary Gaulke (talk) 20:30, 26 March 2015 (UTC); relocated to new section for clarity and added request edit template Mary Gaulke (talk) 18:56, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

@MaryGaulke:
I rewrote the entire section using your material.
Smallbones(smalltalk) 17:22, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
nice work, smallbones. i marked the request as answered. Jytdog (talk) 17:27, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a bunch for your help, both of you! I really appreciate it. Mary Gaulke (talk) 18:29, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

updating users number in lead[edit]

Hi all, quick request: Would it be possible to update the first paragraph of the article with a more recent user number? Currently it states 259 million as of June 2013. The most current figure, which already appears in the infobox, is 364 million. (source) Alternatively, the total as of the end of 2014 was 347 million. (source) I'm not editing directly because (as previously mentioned) I have a conflict of interest: I work for a communications firm that represents LinkedIn. I appreciate any help! Thanks. Mary Gaulke (talk) 19:29, 13 May 2015 (UTC); adding request edit template Mary Gaulke (talk) 15:50, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

done. Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:55, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks much! FYI, I did make one minor tweak to update the "as of" date corresponding to the figure (it still said April 2013). Mary Gaulke (talk) 13:58, 21 May 2015 (UTC)