Linkedin has provided an opportunity for networkers to endorse the skills of people with whom they are connected. This was meant to be a time saver for people who normally wrote full recommendations. The idea had promise. However, it is not being utilized well. When users sign onto their Linkedin profile, they are given a list of people in their network and asked if they want to endorse them for a particular skill. There is the option of being able to endorse all of the people that pop up as choices. The problem is, many people are doing that. People may receive many endorsements from people who have not witnessed some of the skills they have endorsed. At that point, the Linkedin endorsements become meaningless.
It is far too easy to choose the option of endorsing people as it is currently configured. If the point was to make recommendations easier, it is understandable that there should be some way to do that. However, if everyone is endorsing everyone for everything, there is no value to the endorsement.
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