Let’s face it LinkedIn is a great tool for networking, connecting to likeminded professionals who want to be better informed. I often wish I’d thought of it but like all good ideas someone got there first and I congratulate them and thank them for a great piece of work.
I’m also proud to be a relatively earlier adopter of LinkedIn and was one of the first one million to sign up in the UK back in 2005, and I’ve watched in awe and envy as it’s grown, developed and become far more than the once termed business Facebook. LinkedIn has become an essential tool for recruiters, networkers, HR departments, sales professionals and well everyone that uses it and employs thoroughly nice people – which is always a bonus!
There have been millions of posts and articles telling us how great it is and I couldn’t agree more… except for one thing, and I know that I’m not alone on this, why do some people WITHHOLD THEIR IDENTIES when viewing your profile?? It’s odd, it’s not really in the spirit of the platform and sometimes it’s just a little creepy!
I’ll give you an example. As a recruiter, every day I review lots of profiles looking for people to connect with to enhance their career or offer services to recruit for their companies; Straight forward and honest approaches offering expertise guidance and advice. But I’ve always chosen to keep my profile open and available, indeed I am a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) and proud of that fact as I believe that connecting is one of the best ways to help each other learn more about specialist sectors, gain insight and build a business on credibility, trust and above all honesty – yes I know you don’t always hear that from recruiters, but as a previous article says we’re not all bad! (Check out the shark article next!)
So back to my point why do people hide their identities when viewing your profile? I am sure you have your own theories or suspects, I certainly do! Is it a previous employee, previous or current colleague, old manager or senior colleague, competitor, head hunter? Or even a prospective customer? Is it someone that is following you to see how you are doing, what you are doing or imitating what you are doing?
I am sure that a few of your reading are saying – wow life’s too short to worry about such trivia, you need to get a life Mark and I agree life is too short J, but wouldn’t it be great to know? Just once who is that anonymous, daily viewer of your profile? The person that just has to look you up daily?
So to conclude my very polite observation I think LinkedIn should help us out here and change the settings and remove the ‘anonymous’ button and resign it to the bin and continue its great work with helping professional openly connect and expand their network. After all that must be the founding premise of LinkedIn. So if you agree or disagree I would love to hear your thoughts, do you have a daily ‘hidden viewer?’
And on a massively positive note – if you want to enhance your career, or recruit the very highest calibre people for your organisation then lets connect and help each other! Send me a connection request I’d be happy to accept: firstname.lastname@example.org