The LinkedIn endorsement // where is the accountability?

I call it fever, because it is catching up like one. Every week, I get dozens of endorsements from previous colleagues and when I read them there are so many that

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are not even relevant to what I have done in past. I wonder at times, how someone would just just endorse me for stuff that they have no clue in context of me. Yet, here I am getting endorsements for me all over.

To level set, when I get these endorsements I don’t accept them just like that // I don’t want to be in a rat race where I can boast of having most endorsements in a certain social group. How I don’t see this is something like a social blog that I had posted which I’d like everyone to like and repost and share so that I get some brownie points. This is some information about me telling people what I am good at. I can’t in right mid accept an endorsement for which I have no clue about. I can’t fathom to be in a conversation because of this endorsement and then sounding like a fool // it is like faking a resume.

 

I do think, how does LinkedIn benefit from this feature? I know that somewhere this information (tagging) is used for searches and what have you. As people are searching for talent, these endorsements do play a part. I am sure, LinkedIn thought of faking endorsements and believed why would someone do it because end of the day if one is reached because of a skill they need to back it up // maybe thats the reason why the “Accept” function exists. But, it is not used wisely by people – i can see profiles of people who don’t know shit about stuff yet skills show up on their profiles and I am sure it happens not because of malice but because people have different baselines of “endorsements”. Where I believe endorsement as a skill that one would be good at, it might not mean the same to someone else. Hence, the chaos around all this or maybe how I see it.

I just hope that LinkedIn does takes care of this by building intelligence in behaviors of people, like if i rejected endorsements from 1 person all the time, there has to be some ding that needs to happen for that person; say “no more endorsements for next x days” or something like that. The no accountability system is the cause of several problems, and I hope LinkedIn does something to fix this and assign some.

 

iPad vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

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This all started when I was asked to buy an iPad as a gift. I was not even thinking if buying a tablet until that happened. But once it happened it was happening faster that I could think. So, now I have almost decided to get a tablet for myself and the race is between two tablets – Apple’s iPad vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

I have not decided yet, but I hope by the time I am done with this post, I will be done. There will be one test that will remain pending and that is the battery test. I have almost tested the iPad2 but Samsung Galaxy is pending that test and I will update the post later when I have the results.

Before, I start the evaluation I provide a list of parameters on which I am going to evaluate the tablets and alongside I have ranking/weights for each of the parameters to help me arrive at a weighted score in the end. If you would like a PDF here it is – iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Parameters

Parameter Description Weight
Gmail Integration Gmail is the only mail I use besides my office email on mobile devices. And the integration has to be pretty sleek so that I can make best use of the email 5
Chat Client There has to be a chat client on the tablet so that I do not have to use my computer for chatting and I am going to look for GTalk and Yahoo only 5
Browsing I am going to use tablet to read a lot of articles and possible share it with the world on Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. Browsing experience has to be fast and performant

5

Social Integration Facebook, Twitter and blog should be easily manageable

4

Sharing I kept this out of Social Media because this is more to do with just FB and Twitter. After I find an article, I would want to be able to share it with my friends via various mechanism and this could mean an article, an image or a video

4

Music Should be able to play music easily based on the various MP3 songs I already have. Rating for this is low for me because I am not going to play music on the device and don’t care how it is

2

Video Should be able to play movies/podcasts and other video formats easily available. This is a feature that I am going to use to get myself updated

4

Games Should be able to play games well and all sorts of – board or racing. Not too important for me

2

Usability Overall usability like design, input, output and easy to hold and comfort are important.

5

Performance Should be good. Don’t want to wait for apps to open and do things and I wait for ever

5

Summary of Results and Ranking

Parameter

Ranking

iPad

Galaxy Tab

Gmail Integration

5

5

10

Chat Client

5

8

10

Browsing

5

6

10

Social Integration

4

10

7

Sharing

4

6

8

Music

2

10

8

Video

4

8

10

Games

2

10

7

Usability

5

7

10

Performance

5

10

9

Score

316

375

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Hectice Schedule of a Social Media Manager

Quote from a simply wonderful post:

BRAND AMBASSADORS. CONTENT MANAGERS. EVANGELISTS. These are all words that are often used to describe the constantly evolving social media manager of today. In order to be a successful one, he or she must take on a pretty demanding schedule of constant updates, meetings and tweets — all the while maintaining an effective online presence. Today’s #E2sday offers us a glimpse inside a hardworking social media manager’s day.

Post: http://blog.socialcast.com/e2sday-the-hectic-schedule-of-a-social-media-manager/