Going ever further beyond connections

This post is a response to some of the questions I was asked during my session which I wasn't a 100% certain about. By the way if you haven't looked at the slidedeck from my session at the BIALL Conference then I recommend you do so now!

So the first question I was asked which I struggled slightly with was how you would go about creating two profiles on Linkedin and whether this is something you should do. For example if you undertook a role completely unrelated to your professional life. Personally I would never do this. In fact including more information on your Linkedin profile can only be a good thing unless of course your role is something you don't want your immediate colleagues knowing about! Including more information about what you do outside of your job also gives your profile credibility and migth encourage people to engage with you, if for example they discovered that you were the Chair of the local gardening club. If you have accidentally created two Linkedin accounts there are several helpful guides which explain how you can delete a Linkedin account.

The second question I was asked was around fake accounts and specifically whether there were any safegauards in place protecting you from people creating a fake account. The short answer is no. To create a Linkedin profile all you need is an email address which you then have to confirm. This email address doesn't have to be your current work address, although Linkedin suggests having multiple email accounts registered against your account. Unfortunately this wont stop someone creating a profile on Linkedin that is fake. There are several quite interesting articles on the subject of fake Linkedin accounts, which are well worth having a look at.

The final question I was asked was about receiving connection requests from group members, whether this was possible and whether it consituted spam. The short answer is that Linkedin groups are being used by spammers to send emails to group members, but you can control what emails you receive from the groups you belong to by updating your email and notification settings. As far as I'm aware I've never received a connection request from an individual who is a member of a mutual group which has gone to ALL group members, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened to other people.

Those were the 3 questions I struggled with slightly, there were a lot of other question and of course I'd be happy to answer any questions about how you can use Linkedin and some of the functionality availabel within Linkedin.