I complained (in appropriate feedback) when LinkedIn put a news banner on the top of the page for logged-in users. I said that it got in the way of what I used the site for and asked for it to go away.

Of course, they ignored me.

Last night, I fixed their insidious new “privacy” settings attempting to unilaterally give themselves permission to use my name and photo for advertising. Thanks to everyone who has publicized this so that I noticed to do that!

Today, I logged in and saw that one of their top news stories was http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-pulled-a-facebook-and-messed-with-your-info-heres-how-to-fix-it-2011-8 — at least now this dubious news feature is doing some good, by spreading the news to LinkedIn users about LinkedIn’s mistakes!

I also noticed that today I have one LinkedIn connection fewer than I had last night. I surmise that one of my connections deleted his/her LinkedIn account as a result of LinkedIn choosing to destroy their users’ trust in the company.

Michael K Johnson August 11, 2011 20:14

Well, I could work it out if I cared; I didn’t even bother to look… I had just approved a new connection request a few days ago and happened to remember the number; it isn’t something I habitually track. :-)

Mark Trompell August 12, 2011 05:17

Thx for that hint. I changed my settings.

Steven Vargas September 04, 2011 20:06

Thanks! Going to fix this on my profile now…

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