December 28, 2012

Gamification and LinkedIn Endorsements

Posted in business networking, Commentary tagged , , , , at 7:16 am by degyes

OK, I get it. Endorsements are LinkedIn’s way of gamifying its platform. Frankly, I’m finding this constant stream of endorsement notifications a bit pesky (though thank you to those who’ve taken a moment to endorse me). Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I’m more a fan of written recommendations. Even a terse one — provided it’s sincere, honest, and well-written — is far more meaningful and valuable than a point & click ‘endorsement’. Though naturally fewer in number, since they take effort to proactively request, and time for the recommender to sit down and write, wouldn’t an actual recommendation mean more to a prospective employer seeking intel on a job candidate? While I can see why some folks might get a kick out of seeing their endorsements stack up, would a recruiter even take them all that seriously? Is there something deeper or more significant that I’m not getting here?