When you use linkedIn we all love the feature “Who has viewed our profile”. Though this is a key feature on LinkedIn and in a social selling approach, it is also a great source of frustration.
But first something else I am wondering about connected to “Who has viewed your profile”. Recently I saw a post that someone who completes their “Summary” get 10x more views on LinkedIn. Watch out there is a catch which I will come to later. For now, no one nor any article can explain me if this is true or why? Of course, I believe you need to complete this section in your profile since it is your evelator pitch. But what the effect is on being found, I do not really get. Well secretly, I do. Anyone (from LinkedIn) care to comment and back it up with proof?
And now for my catches.
LinkedIn is all about networking. And still people decide they want to remain semi-anonymous or anonymous. It is my experience these people are either my competitors or recruiters. I can’t t get my head around the fact they are not open to being identified. I wonder if they go to real life network meetings with a bag over their head or hand you a business card from someone else? Strange! I guess they have a good reason which I fail to understand, but that is my problem and yes, my frustration. Let me tell you I will let you know if I viewed your profile and who knows maybe we can help eachother! That is the true nature of networking and LinkedIn.
But recently I ran across another interesting issue. The count of people who viewed my profile seems to be different depending on the language interface I use. Below is a screenshot of my profile views using the english (342) and dutch (559) interface. Very strange indeed. It seems LinkedIn makes me more popular in NL than EN. And yes, they are the same people. Out goes my trust in LinkedIn statistics! Anyone care to enlighten me?
Let me be clear, I am a LinkedIn addict and believer but sometimes we need to step back to put it all into perspective. Of course, I will continue to use the “who viewed my profile” to reach out to people and conduct business. I love to hear your views and comments!