I used to take LinkedIn seriously. Studiously kept up with professional contacts* gathered over a now 30+ year computing career, with 25+ years in 3D graphics, an hour and a half, maybe more in audio and synthesis, a good quarter of an hour powering up a Raspberry Pi and burning SD cards, thus qualifying for my 'expert blogger status'. But seriously, I've been around for a while, and I thought LinkedIn was there to serve people like me.
Since they introduced 'Endorsements' - with absolutely no checks and balances on who is endorsing whom, and for what - it's all gone to hell. Fictitious example, but not too far from the truth - the guy who cleans my car endorses me for C#. What the hell is C# anyway? Nothing I've ever used or ever intend to use. And seriously, does the guy who cleans the car a) know anything about C#? Maybe he thinks it's a whole tone above B? Or b) know enough about my (non-existent) skills in C# / B / Bb to feel he is able to endorse me?? Or has he got it all confused with Facebook and simply wants to be my friend, and in doing so manages to misrepresent my skills in quite bizarre way.
It's all gone slightly bollocks, I have to say.
So as a protest against the ongoing endorsement silliness, and as a (hopefully not dangerous) social experiment, I have given myself skills - think of them as honorary doctorates - in both keyhole surgery AND quantum chromodynamics. And having done that, let's see how long it is before my life-saving or early universe-unlocking skills are endorsed. Like Brian Cox with a scalpel, Quantumchromokeyhole surgery will be my new superpower. And then you'll all just have to embrace my fully-endorsed awesomeness - OR - join me in agreeing that LinkedIn has fallen deep into the 'frankly useless' end of the social network spectrum.
*Apart from the a***holes. I kept well away from them. That's 'arse' for those who can only manage US spelling.