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Is LinkedIn Randomly Emailing People Telling Them To Endorse Me?

As you all probably know I’m a bit of a social media nut and do use both Facebook and Twitter very actively. LinkedIn on the other hand is one of those services I’ve never really found a real use for as I was only looking for a job once in my life and that was over 8 years ago. Still I did have Sonos in there and since I left the company I decided I should probably update this on LinkedIn and add my new role as co-founder of Fashion Metric.

Now, it seems like just about every day I am getting emails from LinkedIn saying “So and so has endorsed you.” Of course I’m flattered by the endorsements but I have no idea why suddenly everyone is endorsing me.

So I assume that some of my readers have more experience with LinkedIn than I do. Does LinkedIn contact my friends and tell them to endorse me? If you have received an email from LinkedIn asking you to endorse me can you send it my way so I can see what they are sending out? It just seems a bit odd that LinkedIn would do this without first asking me but I am honored to have people endorsing me.

Thanks in advance to any of my readers who know more about this than I do, I’m definitely still a LinkedIn newbie. My concern is simply that if LinkedIn is emailing people now without me knowing, will they do it in the future, and if so how the heck do I disable this feature?

Morgan

Co-Founder at Fashion Metric
Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Fashion Metric, a next-generation platform aimed at changing the way guys shop for clothes online.

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  • Samit October 4, 2012, 6:34 am

    You’d think a company as big as linkedin would make this easier to understand.

    Even Mike Mann was confused by this, but it’s really very simple -

    Earlier to recommend someone you had to write out a recommendation and provide some info, which is why most people didn’t have many recommendations.

    Now linkedin has implemented an endorsement system that allows someone to endorse your skill(s) with one click, thus supposedly increasing interactivity.

    And only people you have in your connections can endorse you, login to linked in and visit a friends profile and you’ll see the endorsement box on top of the profile, so not exactly random.

  • Furkat October 4, 2012, 7:03 am

    Not really. I get some ramdom emails about discussions in specific L groups that is all.

  • Sonya October 6, 2012, 1:38 pm

    I received my first endorsement this week but it didn’t occur to me that LinkedIn might be requesting them on my behalf. Also, I don’t know how it benefits the other person. My question is if someone endorses me, should I return the favor and endorse them?

    I love social media but it really can be confusing sometimes.

  • Gareth Griffiths November 8, 2012, 3:55 am

    I use linkedin an awful lot and it is extremely useful for getting new business. I have also noticed the endorsments coming in. I dont think it is asking ‘x wants you to endorse him/her.’ It comes up with ‘Do you want to endorse X.’ so I think it is clear to me they are not asking and it is just linkedin suggesting it. I dont really see the point of it though as people you’ve never worked with endorse you for stuff so how it can be of value I am not sure.

  • Wendy November 15, 2012, 6:01 am

    I’m glad you posted this. I just had someone endorse me today and I did not request it. Also had a request from someone last week to endorse them. If LI is just randomly doing this it is completely not OK w/me.

  • Russell Thomas November 15, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I have gotten more endorsements in the past 2 months than in the past 5 years. I thought it was either a virus controlling my friends computers or the back link to Linkedin was a phishing site. So far the back links are real. So, I’m also curious as to what is up. As an aside, if you try to respond to the email about the endorsement to your friend, it bounces back….(no reply etc.)

  • Morgan November 15, 2012, 7:15 pm

    @Russell – I thought the same thing myself at first, still have endorsements coming in just about every day…don’t quite understand why yet!

  • Jim November 29, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Why don’t you just ask the people who endorsed you?

  • Simon Mullen November 30, 2012, 5:28 am

    Hi Morgan, I googled your post.

    Yes Ive been wondering if LinkedIn has been sending emails that I did not request to my contacts asking them to endorse me.

    I posted on Facebook and yes at least one of my friends has been receiving emails from LinkedIn asking them to endorse me. I did not give LinkedIn permission to do this.

    I find this very embarrassing.

    Does anyone know how to turn this off?

    Thanks
    Si

  • Morgan November 30, 2012, 8:42 am

    @Simon, very weird and I really don’t want this feature enabled…let me know if you find-out how to turn it off!

  • novicto December 5, 2012, 5:54 am

    It’s not possible to delete an endorsement but you can hide it so that no one but you can see it. Go to the pull-down menu at the top of the screen and under “profile,” click “edit profile.” When you scroll to the “skills and expertise” section, you will see a pencil icon. Click that and you will see an option to “manage endorsements.”

  • Geoff December 6, 2012, 3:13 am

    I started to get endorsements as well but the odd thing is the endorsements are coming in for an ITIL course that i did in april but i have never updated my profile with anything about ITIL or attending the course.
    This is not good!!!!

  • Joannes December 13, 2012, 6:11 am

    Just adding to the list of frustrated people about this recent unwelcome change with LI. Of course grateful for people taking the time to endorse me, but that LI is asking people to endorse me, as if it was on my behalf when it is LI’s own initiative, seems wrong. That I haven’t been informed about this change, nor asked if I wanted it, and that I am not given the option to turn it off is 3 more wrongs. WTH are they thinking? Hope they quickly get something done about this.

  • Richard August 21, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Endorsements serve no purpose especially since most of the ones I get every day are for people that have never worked for me and have do idea whether I am good or not with the skill they endorsed me for. I just turned them off.

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