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LinkedIn Endorsements – Updated

May 10, 2013

In previous blog posts, I’d mentioned that I’d gotten behind in endorsing people who I’m linked to. Meanwhile, people kept endorsing me and I continued to get further behind, making it yet easier to procrastinate getting up-to-date. It’s terrible to admit that so many people endorsed me and I didn’t spend the time to endorse them, back, but I have finally taken the time to take care of all this. Now, I want to thank everyone who endorsed me for their patience. Hopefully, you can see that I do value you and the time you spent to endorse me. Once again, thank you to all of you.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013 10:12 am

    I read an interesting albeit cynical article recently about all this endorsement stuff. I did not totally agree with the author but he did have some good points.

    http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/happy-birthday-linkedin-the-biggest-social-network-no-one-uses-217993

  2. May 10, 2013 10:37 am

    My own thoughts on endorsements are these:
    1. If someone spent the time to endorse me, it seems rude not to spend time on them. Just as when people take the time to compliment you, in-person, they are sometimes sincere, other times, they are not. And it seems polite to respond back with something. But, to be clear on this, I am not trying to make this equal to a conversation with someone that takes place one-on-one and in which a compliment comes out. I am merely saying there are some social norms that come into play.
    2. I do not think many people read the endorsements or the recommendations. When one of my current or past customers happens to personally tell a potential future customer how great I am, that is powerful. But I doubt that potential future customer would read these and believe them. Some are obviously a tit-for-tat situation, where I endorse someone and they endorse me back. Those are not taken that seriously, I suspect. Also, without speaking directly to someone, hearing the inflection in their voice, and being able to able some questions, I suspect many people are not that interested in either of these.

    Nonetheless, the purpose of this post is to show those who thought of me to that I was also thinking of them and willing to spend time on them as they did on me. Regardless the value of the endorsements, their time is valued by me and I appreciate that they gave any of it to me.

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