It’s Official!

by Roger Pynn

If it weren’t for LinkedIn’s handy little endorsement tool, I have to wonder how I was able to compete for nearly 30 years in this business prior to such social media tools.  Nearly 90 people – many of them good friends, former clients and colleagues (even my wonderful wife) – have endorsed me for everything from public relations, public affairs and marketing communications to things as far reaching as email marketing to international relations.

I appreciate the confidence and the gesture, especially from those who really know me.  But frankly each time my inbox has told me I’ve been endorsed by someone who has surprisingly little knowledge of what I do, my curiosity has grown.  I mean, after all, one person who I’ve never even met has endorsed me for 20 different skills.

Is this a demonstration of the bandwagon effect … or am I really just that good?  Please, don’t answer that.

6 Responses to It’s Official!

  1. Timely. I was just thinking the same thing about LinkedIn endorsements and have been negligent in endorsing others.

  2. Bob O'Malley says:

    Yes Roger, you are that good, but also there’s something fishy going on with LinkedIn. Others have taken notice of the over-endorsement hapenning at LinkedIn. Here’s a good read on the topic:

    http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2012/11/the-new-linkedin-endorsements-are-we-being-gamed-linkedin/

  3. Frances McMichael APR CPRC says:

    Ditto, Roger. And there is a button that says something like “endorse all” that is probably much to easy to click — but adds endorsements for 4 people at a time, I think. Part of LinkedIn’s effort “to engage” but what’s the point?

  4. Carolyn Reis, APR says:

    Most days, I would agree with you that the LinkedIn endorsements can be disingenuous. However, Bob Davis endorsed me for two skills last week. Today, those endorsement take on special meaning.

    • Roger Pynn says:

      Carolyn … that is so true, and I looked back on that while writing notes to FPRA members statewide. Bob was among those for whom I wrote: I appreciate the confidence and the gesture, especially from those who really know me. I am honored that he was my friend and grateful for all the young lives he touched during an incredible career.

  5. Nancy says:

    Was it over the top for me to endorse ur feng shui and cribbage xpertise? 🙂

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