LinkedInformed Podcast. The LinkedIn Show

Welcome to episode 140, this week I thought we would have a bit of fun with our new gameshow!
Hopefully it will not only put a smile on your face but also provide some useful information & tips.

But first……


Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week


Ransomeware
There have been lots of articles and scaremongering about images on social media this week. This article actually sums up the ‘ransomware’ issue quite accurately.

The Truth Behind Malware On Facebook, LinkedIn; Google's New Policy On Malware Sites Freaking Scary

The reality is that you have nothing to worry about by browsing your LinkedIn feed, viewing and sharing images.
The only time you should ever be concerned is when you download images to your PC (Mac not affected).
This is not likely to happen, the only situation I can imagine you being at risk from is if someone sends you a message with an image attachment - in this situation, only download that image if you are 100% sure of the source.

Whilst we are talking images, I noticed this week that LinkedIn have still not corrected the image sharing issue I highlighted in this post I wrote back in May;
Please Don’t Share My Image

I had heard that one of the reasons they have redesigned the desktop experience was to allow them to fix such issues (apparently the old platform made it difficult to fix issues such as this) so optimistically I checked out the new UI to see if had been fixed. Here is what I found…..

Microsoft Takeover

Apparently Microsoft had their eye on LinkedIn for many years…I bet the price wasn’t anywhere near $26.2b in 1996! You can read the article here;
Microsoft has courted LinkedIn since 2006, founder says

Introducing our new game - Linked-in-the-bin!

I’m trying something new this week. It’s mainly a bit of fun but I’m hoping you might find it useful as well.
The format is based on the BBC TV series Room 101 where contestants nominate something they wish to be banned and sent to room 101.


In this version I have invited two of my respected colleagues/competitors from the world of LinkedIn Trainers to nominate which LinkedIn feature they would like to dump ‘in the bin’

The format works as follows;

  • Each person has up to 2 minutes to explain why their chosen feature should be dumped in the bin.
  • The other 2 contestants get to counter this with their own argument as to why the feature shouldn’t binned. Each person has up to 1 minute of rebuttal.
  • The original nominator gets the final word. Just 30 secs to come back on the others arguments.
  • The winner is decided by you, simply vote by Tweeting your vote using #linkedinthebin and the name of the person whose feature you agree should be binned.

For example Tweet : #linkedinthebin I vote for Mark.  Of course you don’t have to vote for me!

The contestants.

As well as myself I have invited Steve Phillip and Angus Grady to this inaugural Linked-In-The-Bin show. Both are respected UK based LinkedIn Trainers (click on the images below to view their profiles;

Features for the bin;

Angus - Default invitation to connect messages
Mark - Skill endorsements
Steve - Groups

Have a listen to all three arguments and vote for the one you think is the most compelling by tweeting #linkedinthebin and one of the names above.

New Desktop Design Update

I tried to write a recommendation for someone this week and this is what happened;


Drop me a line if you get the new desktop ‘experience’ this week at mark@linkedinformed.com

Direct download: LinkedInformed_140.mp3
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