LinkedIn Help or should we say the lack of it when needed……..

Have you noticed that you have received the following on

‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ section of your LinkedIn profile :-

– Someone at ‘Company ABC’ has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer, A LinkedIn member has viewed your profile

Who are you?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing #Members

Do I have something that you want?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing

What are you wanting to get from me?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous

Ever since I have been a member of LinkedIn, I have always had any of the above appear on the section of ‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ on my LinkedIn profile either on a daily basis or every two to three days. When you complain or raise the topic with LinkedIn via their Help Forum’s/Support Section, they always provide the standard stock answer:-

We do not have a way to block other members from viewing profiles, this includes anonymous members, I am sorry.  We are considering adding such a feature but I do not have release date to provide.  Should such a feature be rolled out there will be an announcement

More and more members are finding this to be totally annoying and in some cases a cause of concern as you don’t really who they are or why they are doing it. This can create immense distress sometimes, as one member placed in a comment, “I have a court order against someone but how do I know if it is these people who I have court orders or injunctions against?” Thus, this facility can distress them as they are unable to find out who or why they have been viewed. Examples of this topic being discussed include:-

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/83151/anonymous-viewers-1.html#comment-124781

or

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/32330/linked-in-member-or-anonymous.html#comment-121600

Both the links above, are just two of many questions that have been raised in their (LinkedIn) community groups, yet everyone seems to get the same standard stock response as mentioned above. So, what is there to be done? It would seem there is nothing that can be done except just keep asking and raising it to see if anything will be done….

Or is it……or should something be done?

Well the answer I would say is YES – something does need to be done and here is why…

LinkedIn recently lowered the age for joining LinkedIn from 18 (except China) as stated below:-

(details on the changes to their terms and conditions are here – plus here is the blog by Christina Allen on the reason behind the launch of  University Pages which then lead to the launch of lowering the age of joining LinkedIn to enjoy the benefits of “LinkedIn – Now for Education” )

With all the issues on the internet of stalking and trolling and together with stalking in the real world, we all have to be careful as to how we let and monitor our children on the internet. So, if I was allowing my two daughters to be on LinkedIn, and they came to me saying they were having lots of anonymous viewers, I would certainly want some answers and have to re-consider allowing them to be on LinkedIn.

When I raised this (on several occasions including this one) with other’s, they were of the very same opinion about their children too. In essence, whether it is teenagers who are the next generations of Professional Networkers, Woman or Men, the right to be allowed to view members should not be allowed in today’s modern society.

LinkedIn are clearly allowing people to operate like stalkers or trolls with their full support by continuing to allow this facility to continue. Yet why? Has LinkedIn not learnt anything from Twitter and the issues raised here:-

Whilst I can’t say that trolling or stalking has taken place here on LinkedIn (to my knowledge), I do think that LinkedIn really need to start thinking of not just the anonymous viewing but also the sign up method (example here about a 10-year-old?)

These are just my thoughts, but I would be glad to hear your thoughts on this topic of “Anonymous Viewing” or if you want to comment on “the new lower age for joining” via the reply section below or by completing this form:-

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Why is Britain falling apart? Is it because of our fascination with “so called” celebrities?

Well why do we now feel that reality television is the new way to be seen as a way of inspiring people? Whilst people say “oh, you are just jealous” – please just think of what you have said!!

In most towns and cities, there are local people who have done well by either themselves or with the support of their family. Yet, why do people fall over themselves with “The Only Way Is Essex” (TOWIE) and followed by “Made In Chelsea” or “Geordie Shore“?

This clearly is shown in this article by the Daily Mail where they distracted away from such a great event as The Young Scot Awards to compare about the outfit from someone from TOWIE was wearing against Carol Smilie – why? What?

Let us look back and you will see a Fashion Design student turned model and television celebrity Carol Smilie has actually done many things since bursting on to our television screens back in 1989 and yes she was a game show hostess. Yet, within three years had progressed into mainstream television and through the last 24 years become a versatile person in television, writing, business and thus also becoming a Trustee – a role model? Yes in my opinion, because in those days, you could make an impact and a difference. Can the same be said of today’s media personalities? Over the last – let’s say – four years, name someone who progressed on to the television and media scene and progressed into mainstream inspiring people? See, you can’t………

Yet over this period you will easily name so many “so-called” celebrities and inspiring people who have come from the world of reality television and television shows who are household names not only due to this but the constant attention paid to them by Tabloid newspapers and in my opinion, the latest tabloid on the block, The Daily Mail yet why and what impact is this having on our culture?

It used to be a case that you were inspired to the become something in your life due to someone who was a local hero or business success, a major personality via television (like a presenter), business or major incident or maybe a sporting star. Are these people around? Yes they are. Look back at 2012 and whilst we were lucky to have hosted London Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and did these events have inspiring people? Well ok, there was a few celebrities thrown in (& some guests of corporate sponsors too) but the public nominated over 8,000 local heroes to carry the Olympic Torch to over 1,000 locations around the United Kingdom and many people took in the four festival events bringing the four torches to Stoke Mandeville for the Paralympic Torch Relay into London.

These were people who were invited that were considered to be inspirers, so if people can see and recognise local heroes why don’t they use them as inspiration instead of these “so-called” celebrities? Is it that these people are seen as a quick route to fame, success and money? No not at all – sorry it is! Yes, it is because of right place/right time and you grab fame – all five minutes of it! So, no not at all is valid as where are they now? This five minutes comes and goes and when they are finished, it is over excepted behaving badly or trying to keep themselves in the Tabloids!

So please organisers, stop making events, headline grabbing or ways to make money via sponsorship or tickets sales by using these so-called celebrities or (as the Tabloids call them) Z Listers to attract people to the event and not distract away from what the core values of the event are.

If we are to make Britain Positive or Great again, we need to inspire and enable the children of today by showing them and introducing them to these inspiring local or real life heroes – not these people!

So, please think and inspire not only your children but family and friends to really make a lasting difference…..