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LinkedIn worries

The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the “People You May Know” and “People Also Viewed” features.

Recently I noticed “People You May Know” displaying plain email addresses instead of LinkedIn profiles.

The plain email accounts do not have actual LinkedIn profiles. My guess is that LinkedIn wants me to try to connect and then send that email address an invite to join LinkedIn.

The creepiest part of it is how LinkedIn is connecting email addresses to my LinkedIn account. I never imported contacts though the prompts appear at nearly every login. I installed the iOS LinkedIn app but never actually launched it (just deleted the LinkedIn app). I use Firefox with No-Script and only allow LinkedIn scripts while on their site.

I do not use LinkedIn much. There are a few subscribed groups with the weekly email digests. After scanning the digests the emails are deleted. Search is only used when the mostly random marketing people or Indians send invites. I check them out.

At what point did LinkedIn go from being cool tech to creepy. A lot of the stuff they were building was interesting from a tech perspective. I guess I'm not liking the direction their heading.

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