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LinkedIn Endorsements Skyrocket to 500 Million

LinkedIn Endorsements Skyrocket to 500 Million
January 31
21:02 2013

If you have a LinkedIn profile, the odds are excellent that you’ve been endorsed by someone.

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LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA — Endorsements on LinkedIn have gone through the roof in the last four months, already reaching a grand total of over 500 million. More than 10 million endorsements are given and received every day, ranging from language ability to interpersonal skills to econometric analysis.

Traffic on the site has also jumped since endorsements began circulating last September, up by more than 60%.

Endorsements are a shortcut to letters of recommendation, and it’s tough to tell how strongly they are valued by potential employers at this point. It literally lt’s you vouch for someone’s professional skills just by clicking a button.  You don’t even have to find it, it comes to you. When you endorse a friend or colleague of yours, LinkedIn automatically asks them to endorse you in return, creating an endless cycle of positive feedback.

“In theory, I love the simplicity of easily giving people credit for what they’re good at,” writer and technologist Anil Dash told Wired.com. “In practice, I’m conflicted as to whether describing the things people are talented at is something that should be easy. Maybe it should be a little difficult. But I’m excited to see a social network that’s got hundreds of millions of users, and is publicly traded, still innovating around its core features. That’s cool.”

One of the best things about LinkedIn, what made it so appealing initially, is that it is a much more professional social media tool than Facebook or Twitter. Its core use at its inception was strictly geared for job seekers, and some people may wonder if it is becoming a bit too similar to its quirky cousins. The endorsement feature carries an unsettling similarity to a certain “like” button we’ve seen from time to time.

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