I've been a fan of LInkedIn as a professional networking site and as a source for research and new business development. I know many of you have too. I hope what I'm about to share is more of an anomoly than a trend. Even as a single incident, it's annoying (at the very least).
-Basically, you should probably sign in to your LinkedIn account and change some of your preferences as noted in the article below. [I did go in and change mine]
Apparently, LinkedIn has recently done us the “favor” of having a default setting whereby our names and photos can be used for third-party advertising. A friend forwarded me this alert (from a friend, from a friend…) this morning.
Devious. And I expect that you, like me, don't want to participate.
This graphic shows you how to Uncheck The Box:
1. Click on your name on your LinkedIn homepage (upper right corner). On the drop-down menu, select “Settings”.
2. From the “Settings” page, select “Account*”.
3. In the column next to “Account”, click “Manage Social Advertising” .
4. De-select the box next to “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising” .
*UPDATE: After you finish with Account, check the new default settings under E-mail Preferences (such as Partner InMails); and Groups, Companies & Applications (such as Data Sharing with 3rd-party applications). It’s a Facebook deja vu!
I suggest that you share this with your LinkedIn friends and colleagues!