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LinkedIn's "People You May Know" is creepy.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Maybe it's just me, but every few weeks LinkedIn manages to add persons I've recently met to the "People You May Know" feature. I realize it's just an algorithm based on my connections but sometimes this shit seems creepy.
     


  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am amazed how accurate it can be. I actually do know them!
     


  3. Biggskip

    Biggskip Senior member

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    I am not as impressed, but I work at a large corporate. It usually just finds people who work with the people I work with.
     


  4. dcg

    dcg Senior member

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    The entire internet is actually a pretty creepy place, on the average.
     


  5. Biggskip

    Biggskip Senior member

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    The entire internet is actually a pretty creepy place, on the average.
    I would not disagree with this statement.
     


  6. CouttsClient

    CouttsClient Senior member

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    The entire internet is actually a pretty creepy place, on the average.
    Yes
     


  7. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    I think that I've eventually been able to figure out how it does all of the connections in my "people you may know" section. It freaked me out when I first saw David Hober's name pop up but then I think it's searching my email and must have found my emails from when I bought some ties from him. That in and of itself is kinda creepy...that it's accessing my email inbox and mining information from it.
     


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    ektaylor Senior member

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    My childhood dentist -- who I thought was dead -- showed up one day. That was sort of weird. Of course, he is now part of my network.
     


  9. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    I think that I've eventually been able to figure out how it does all of the connections in my "people you may know" section. It freaked me out when I first saw David Hober's name pop up but then I think it's searching my email and must have found my emails from when I bought some ties from him. That in and of itself is kinda creepy...that it's accessing my email inbox and mining information from it.
    You have to authorize LinkedIn to do that. Which means you authorized its snooping of your e-mail. [​IMG]
     


  10. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    Maybe it's just me, but every few weeks LinkedIn manages to add persons I've recently met to the "People You May Know" feature. I realize it's just an algorithm based on my connections but sometimes this shit seems creepy.

    Doesn't it just pull people that are connected to people you are connected to?
     


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    ektaylor Senior member

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    Doesn't it just pull people that are connected to people you are connected to?

    It's much more sinister than that.
     


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    tj100 Senior member

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    I suspect that it takes into account who has searched for you/viewed your profile. There are people (who I do know) in my "people you may know" who I have no LinkedIn association with whatsoever, nor have ever emailed, etc. The only way it could possibly have figured it out is if the other person had searched for me.
     


  13. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    has anyone other than recruitment agents found any use in linkedin?

    the most valuable aspect of it is being able to predict when people are going to leave your company because they become very active in updating their profiles

    also seeing how much your co workers bullshit in their experience is quite amusing
     


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    Joffrey Senior member

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    No use for it at all. Didn't work while job hunting and it doesn't really work now. However, it's a little fun trolling the industry big timers I'm semi connected to.
     


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    dcg Senior member

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    has anyone other than recruitment agents found any use in linkedin?

    the most valuable aspect of it is being able to predict when people are going to leave your company because they become very active in updating their profiles

    also seeing how much your co workers bullshit in their experience is quite amusing


    In a roundabout way, I found my current job through LinkedIn. A consultant I used to work with saw a posting on her college LinkedIn group, thought it was something I'd be interested in, and forwarded the info along. Not having gone to that college, it's likely I wouldn't have ever come across the posting on my own.
     


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