This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while.In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year.On another note, it seems that Facebook in sensitive about this topic, as I received this prompt when I disabled instant personalization: I still believe that Linked In is using the search history of others to suggest “people I may know” to me, which sort of make sense.
Let’s begin with the “People You May Know” feature.
Every time I sign in, I’m startled by one of the names they suggest.
——– Thus concludes my venture into the deep, uncomfortable underbelly of social networking for professionals.
Linked In has slipped under the radar when it comes to privacy controls and transparency, which I believe is unacceptable.
My reactions range from “” Let’s begin by showing some examples of the names that have popped up under the “People You May Know” sidebar widget (the names have been changed to protect the “people I may know”), along with a brief description of their association with me: Steve happens to be my fiancée’s stepfather.
Steve has a total of 6 connections, none of which are 2nd or 3rd degree connections with any of mine, he lives an hour away from me and is in a completely different industry. Heather happens to be a girl I dated way back in high school. We’re friends on Facebook but that’s pretty much the extent of it.
However, I hadn’t noticed (mainly because I didn’t think to look for privacy controls in more than one place) the privacy options under the Groups, Companies & Applications tab.
There, I found two more controls that were pre-selected: Okay, so Linked In had been sharing my data with third party applications and plugins.
You see, Linked In as a company isn’t the only thing creepy about Linked In. Within a couple clicks, you will likely be on the profile of a “model” from across the country.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating