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That's really creepy - dorsetgirl
October 14th, 2014
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That's really creepy

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Date:October 15th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
You're right, that is worrying. I've been googling the concept this morning (oh god...) and I found this:

"Today I received proof that LinkedIn is harvesting members' Google searches. LinkedIn suggested the name of the youth minister at the church I attended in the late '70s AND some random man with a nearly identical name. I had Googled both name spellings recently when I was curious where my old minister had ended up. The Google search is the only way LinkedIn could have made these suggestions. I took a screenshot."

I also found this explanation of how it works. I think google search is a more likely culprit - I suppose it's not beyond imagining that my two suggestees might have googled me - but it doesn't actually explain how LinkedIn got my email address when there is no legitimate way either of them could have it.

I've often suggested to my kids that they should get a LinkedIn account as soon as they leave school, but I'm now going to say to them as well that they should keep it strictly professional and always log off before doing anything else on the computer. Their future employers will be looking at it, and no way do they need their Minecraft and YouTube contacts and god knows what popping up there!
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Date:October 15th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the link - while I find it creepy as hell, at least I know it's happening now. I've always found Facebook scary as hell and I've refused to ever have an account; now I'm going to destroy as much as I can of my LinkedIn account... or possibly do really bizarre random Google searches to confuse the infernal thing!

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Date:October 15th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
My googling came up with a lot of people complaining about how LinkedIn harvests everything it can find on their computers and lies about it, as well as tracking every website you go to while you're logged on to LinkedIn. I've never felt the need for an account myself, and I'm now thinking of advising my kids not to bother (they haven't got accounts yet because hey, grown-up jobstuffs) and wait for the next "professional" thing to come along.
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