Not Even Hillary Clinton's Secret Email Address Can Escape LinkedIn

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LinkedIn’s email spam is notoriously impossible to escape: even if you’re a US Secretary of State using a secret email server, LinkedIn will hunt you down and endorse you to death.

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A new wave of Clinton’s emails has just been released. Among the usual correspondence about matters of national and political importance, we have a befuddled Hillary trying to get her head around LinkedIn.

Clinton was sent an invitation to connect by Susan Kennedy, presumably the same Susan Kennedy who served as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief of Staff during his time as the Governor of California. You can view her scrupulously thorough LinkedIn profile for yourself.

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Not quite understanding the concept, Clinton wrote “how does this work” in a message to two of her aides, who subsequently tried to explain grown adults endorsing each other for skills and sending InMails™.

In any case, Clinton seems to have got the hang of it: she’s currently sporting an LinkedIn Influencer profile with over 100,000 followers—although no comment on whether she’s managed to turn off the email notifications yet.

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[Business Insider]

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randompants
randompants

While I like to bash LinkedIn as a joke most of the time, I have to say that when I got laid off last month, putting it out on LinkedIn that I would be looking for work when the contract I was working on ended resulted in me having three offers in hand before I even finished my last day.

However, despite that usefulness, the endorsement system is a complete joke. For instance, among a pile of other, legit endorsements, a friend of mine snuck in an endorsement of “sword fighting” on another engineer’s profile. As soon as said coworker mindlessly accepted them all (as you do), the rest of us immediately jumped on and +1ed it, until it became his highest-ranked endorsement!

Such a ridiculous feature, the whole system. When people I went to school with ages ago—long before I wound in the career field I work in now—endorse me me for skills they’ve had no direct knowledge of me doing? It’s just silly.

We do use it to annoy one another, though...as nearly all of my UNIX/Linux sysadmin pals and I at some point worked on Windows, we looooove to go endorse the crap out of that on each other’s profiles so that recruiters will start calling with terrible, entry-level helpdesk jobs.