Who’s Looking at Your LinkedIn Recommendations?

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ginarecommendations.gifVincent Wright posted on MLPF about what may be a LinkedIn first (first time I’ve ever seen it, that’s for sure): a publication actually quoting a LinkedIn recommendation.

In a recent interview with Ning CEO and Co-founder Gina Bianchini, Folksonomy.org opened the interview with:

Marc Andreessen commented on LinkedIn that he was impressed with your strategic thinking.

That “comment” is actually an endorsement on Gina’s LinkedIn profile by Netscape Co-founder and former AOL CTO Marc Andreessen.

You never know who may be looking at your LinkedIn recommendations, or for what purpose. Because they are from people with (generally) verifiable identities, they carry a lot more weight than anonymous endorsements like you’ll see on some web sites from “Sandy in Texas” or “Richard M. in Boston”.

So if you don’t have many (or any) recommendations yet, you might want to start contacting your colleagues and asking for them. Or better yet, start by giving one to them, which automatically asks them for one for you once they accept yours.

Before you start giving and accepting recommendations, I highly recommend taking a look at Naina Redhu’s LinkedIn recommendation examples for guidance on what constitutes a good recommendation.

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  1. Sorry for being off topic but I just dropped by to congratulate you on your SOB that Liz Strauss bestowed upon you. She does know how to pick them.

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