LinkedIn News feed - blessing or curse? Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Image via CrunchBase, source unknown LinkedIn provide a news feed on people in your network, highlighting new connections they've made, their status updates and reporting on any profile changes. This can be received via RSS, which is how I receive regular updates.
However, for users of LinkedIn, the decision to make information available to your network is an all or nothing setting as shown below
Publish profile updates and recommendations?
When you update your status, LinkedIn can automatically notify your connections.Notify your connections of status updates?
Of course, it's easy to switch this off, but then you [and your network connections] also lose the benefits that this information byproduct highlights e.g. common connections or announcements you make. In my case, I have contacted connections on many occasions having seen they've moved jobs or linked to someone I too know. Likewise, I have been contacted off the back of recent connections I've made.
As such, perhaps a "Disclose/Not Disclose" setting is needed whenever issuing/accepting an invite which can be defaulted to the universal setting and overridden when desired.