Lions, Eye Tests, and Puzzles, Oh My! LinkedIn Sees Influx of Junk, Spam Posts

 

Are you a LION?

Are you a genius?

Can you solve this puzzle, guess this number, or finish this equation?

Or, do you wish LinkedIn returned to its original state, a professional networking platform?
Once utilized primarily as a professional database, LinkedIn has become inundated with puzzles, open networking requests, and other “junk” posts that are becoming hard to sift through.

With over 200 million active users, the networking giant has fallen victim to the same issues other social channels such as Facebook have been facing for the last few years. This over-posting makes it difficult for candidates to be noticed and for recruiters to find the quality data they need.

Fortunately, LinkedIn junk posters can easily be “hidden” from newsfeeds.

For those doing the posting, consider these questions before commenting on or sharing LinkedIn spam:

  • If a potential employer saw me posting quizzes and games, would that impress him or her? Why or why not?
  • If a potential employer saw me sharing my email address to every person on LinkedIn, would that scare them away/lessen my credibility?
  • If a potential employer saw me sharing unprofessional links and spam, how could that potentially affect their decision and my career?
  • Is this post educational, relevant, thought provoking, and professional?
  • Is this post necessary, timely, and compelling?

For more information on LinkedIn spam, see our article on Overpost Syndrome.