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I think this applies to people from... erm...a certain university...more than others
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I think this applies to people from... erm...a certain university...more than others
What University?
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I think this applies to people from... erm...a certain university...more than others
I'm actually curious as well I'd expect it to be LSE, but I'm not sure that LSE people on Linkedin have worse etiquette than those at other unis.
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Yep - loads of commenting on others posts. It’s no different to what I do here though, it is just (supposedly) anonymous on here.

Don’t really do the vague motivational stuff. I’ll do the occasional humblebrag though which is worse in my opinion 😂

When I do catch up with people, I always seem to get “you’re so active on LinkedIn” comments a lot though. But I have to be for the sake of earning a buck.

My irritations will be a lot different to most people’s:

Humblebrags are the worst

People not updating their profile annoys me too (see so many headlines stating they are a student at X university and they graduated 2 or so years ago)

People who don’t tidy up their URL (that is my particularly peeve - no one else would find that annoying).

Anything personal - I don’t need to know about where you are going on holiday, how amazing your parents are, what your kids had for breakfast, that you feel guilty for being a working mum etc.

The “help me choose my logo” posts and other rubbish designed just to farm data and contacts.

People who message really long, detailed messages asking for loads of support/advice, without asking briefly whether I can help first (that happens on here too though). It’s worse when they aren’t even polite (a please and thank you are generally welcomed).

I’m sure there are more that I’ll agree with as others post.
There's the difference - you're talking to people who you know partly for professional purposes! You're not the typical 2nd year at Durham or UCL telling vac scheme offer holders how much they admire them...

Here is my second list of thoughts (I think that the difference in what peeves us is reflective of the age/experience of the people we have on LinkedIn respectively)

- Unnecessary political posts. This is what came up on my feed just now: https://image-store.slidesharecdn.co...8-original.png

- People who cold-add you without any connections. Even worse, they're not even in the same industry as you. Why is a 25-year-old 'aspiring marketing exec' adding a 20-year old aspiring trainee solicitor???

- People who use dodgy ways of listing their grades to hide a weakness. The most common of these is the A*/A method. For instance, I've seen people say that they got "4A*/As at A-level". In reality, they got A*AAA. Definitely not A*A*A*A*.

- People who put test scores that no one cares about in the 'achievements and awards' section. I don't care that you once got 40/40 in the W-G. The firms that do will make you re-take it anyway! Same goes for SWIFT and other standardised exams.

- People who use "network" to the extent that it sounds fake. "I went down to London for the finals of X moot and I networked with people from LSE and UCL". What? Why couldn't you use "met" and add some nice adjectives to make you seem less ruthless?

- Lots of virtue-signalling. It seems that the corporate world is assumed to be a centre-left haven, or at least that's what people think it is acceptable to be. I've seen so many idiots e.g. extol the virtues of everyone being accepted to study law at university "because it's a right" or "because it's a great academic pursuit". How dare Theresa May suggest anything to the contrary! Same goes for views on everything from the refugee crisis to North Korea. LinkedIn is the classic liberal-left echo chamber, at least when it comes to political stuff. Which is why I don't want so much of it showing on my feed.

- Inconsistent/hypocritical views. Why is a hedge fund manager whose portfolio includes fossil fuel stocks suddenly sharing stuff about polar bears? I guess that it feeds into the whole 'liberal-left' bubble I mentioned above.

- People who write massive "omg I'm so happy and grateful" posts after accepting a vac scheme place. It's not even done selectively - I've legit seen people say that they were "ecstatic" about being offered a week in some northern PI firm. Come on. Even if you think of this as a serious enough achievement to be worth shouting about, do us a favour and add it to your profile. We'll see the change in the 'congratulate X on their new position' notification. It makes you look more modest.*

*people who write thank you letters to e.g. the Linklaters grad rec team in these posts are plain sad
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I'm actually curious as well I'd expect it to be LSE, but I'm not sure that LSE people on Linkedin have worse etiquette than those at other unis.
I wouldn't say other unis don't have it as well but people who go into certain fields like law and ib are usually the types of people who really love showing off how great they are and lse happens to have a lot of these people.
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(Original post by Trapz99)
I think this applies to people from... erm...a certain university...more than others
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Everybody from UCL and LSE.


I hate linkeds'hit in general.
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Been browsing the service for the first time in ages, and I can't believe the sheer amount of cancer I've seen in my feed and on other people's profiles.

I'll just make a list and you can all add to it and we can engage in yet another mutual agreement thread:

- People who put enough detail into one Open Day that would have be more than necessary for an entire summer vac scheme

- People who put 'Incoming Open Day' as their description

- People who put vague, tryhard crap in their descriptions (e.g. "I put 110% effort into my degree" or "I wish to become an international lawyer" )

- People who use silly words like "love" when describing their interest for the most mundane aspects of corporate work (e.g. I "love" or "have a passion for" corporate governance)

- People who awkwardly post congratulations on the feeds of people who they've never spoken to or met

- People who post vague self-promotional advice like "never let a day be lost!" and get likes in return

- People who share actual entertainment videos (like Jay Leno testing out the new Bugatti)

- People who put each of their extracurriculars as "work experience", when they're clearly not. Being the captain of the second netball team isn't work experience. Neither is being on your university's UC team.

- People who lie about the schemes they attended. I've seen undergrads who attended the HSF, Linklaters, A&O, etc two-day schemes referring to them as "legal internships". As if a glorified open day + work shadowing session could count as that.

- Irrelevant people who endorse their equally irrelevant classmates ("I've worked with <insert mate here> in a class project, he's really diligent and proactive!!!" )
Never been on it, so I wouldnt know
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Never been on it, so I wouldnt know
You should (nah I'm kidding, don't, most people use it for work or for stalking)
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I wouldn't say other unis don't have it as well but people who go into certain fields like law and ib are usually the types of people who really love showing off how great they are and lse happens to have a lot of these people.
Looking through both of my lists, I can only find four points that I remember were taken from LSE profiles (the endless commenting and liking, the '1:1' thing, the overuse of 'networking', and putting unnecessary scores). The others came from graduates and students from a wide range of unis.

There's a difference between a uni having a student base with a higher propensity to go into professional services, and the people from that uni not knowing how to use Linkedin correctly. If anything, the IBers I have from LSE and UCL have some of the cleanest profiles I've seen. They're real professionals in that sense. No weird motivational statements, no politicking, no redundant/unnecessary details.

Edit: I should probably add that the Linkedin addicts who are successful in real life have learnt not to brag about every single VS or grad offer they 'bagged'. At least for law. You don't need to show off when you've got three MC vac schemes.
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Think of it as facebook, but for professional careers. In reality though it’s full of just a bunch of failures who brag about measly achievements.
swear down.

One time I had to work in a group at uni with someone I didnt like because he wore blazers all the time and acted above others, so I looked him up typing his name into google to see why he's so "amazing" and found his LinkedIn. He had stuff on there that said he packed M&Ms at some shop and all sorts of ********. And that he was now working at a gym as a "clothing specialist." Meaning, he advises people on which trainers to buy :yawn: he got cheeky with me later on so I was ready with my comeback to go stack some trainers.
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In amongst all the points made in this thread, it is easy to forget that on the odd occasion LinkedIn can be home to some golden moments.

Like Lord Harley, for example. His profile has since been restricted so it can't be accessed anymore, but here's a taster:

https://i1.wp.com/barristerblogger.c...of-Counsel.png

One of the Legal Cheek articles on him has more screenshots of his profile. Feast your eyes...

https://www.legalcheek.com/2014/09/9...y-lawyer-ever/
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(Original post by JohanGRK)
Looking through both of my lists, I can only find four points that I remember were taken from LSE profiles (the endless commenting and liking, the '1:1' thing, the overuse of 'networking', and putting unnecessary scores). The others came from graduates and students from a wide range of unis.

There's a difference between a uni having a student base with a higher propensity to go into professional services, and the people from that uni not knowing how to use Linkedin correctly. If anything, the IBers I have from LSE and UCL have some of the cleanest profiles I've seen. They're real professionals in that sense. No weird motivational statements, no politicking, no redundant/unnecessary details.

Edit: I should probably add that the Linkedin addicts who are successful in real life have learnt not to brag about every single VS or grad offer they 'bagged'. At least for law. You don't need to show off when you've got three MC vac schemes.
I’d echo this. I rarely see posts from the LSE guys and even then, only a few self-congratulatory posts from students rather than the bankers and lawyers.

That said, when I was a student it wasn’t the social media platform it is today (otherwise I’m sure I would have committed many of the felons you mentioned!).

I'd also add it's a highly effective/sneaky way of contacting people - we used it to reach out to a lot of founders for a conference. Thanks to InMail, we didn't need to locate their email address and even if we had it, we found they were much more likely to respond.
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In amongst all the points made in this thread, it is easy to forget that on the odd occasion LinkedIn can be home to some golden moments.

Like Lord Harley, for example. His profile has since been restricted so it can't be accessed anymore, but here's a taster:

https://i1.wp.com/barristerblogger.c...of-Counsel.png

One of the Legal Cheek articles on him has more screenshots of his profile. Feast your eyes...

https://www.legalcheek.com/2014/09/9...y-lawyer-ever/
What on earth was wrong with the man
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What on earth was wrong with the man
I don't think any of us here have the professional qualifications to answer that question. The High Court judgment from his appeal when he was struck off by the SRA makes for incredible reading, but I couldn't immediately find it with a quick Google search.
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I don't think any of us here have the professional qualifications to answer that question. The High Court judgment from his appeal when he was struck off by the SRA makes for incredible reading, but I couldn't immediately find it with a quick Google search.
I remember skimming through the judgment when Legal Cheek reported on it (as one does)

I'll take a look

(what on earth is MIMHAP and SSM)
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- People who put 'Incoming Open Day' as their description
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Nice thread.

I cannot cope with the LinkedIn people who post unsolicited motivational stories from their lives, or deep, meaningful truths about life and work that they've thought up.

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(Original post by JohanGRK)
- People who post vague self-promotional advice like "never let a day be lost!" and get likes in return
Yes, this. This is what I mean.

That and general self-congratulation I find to be in very poor taste. The standard all these years of hard work have paid off because I'm finally doing x post that many people seem to feel the need to make when starting a graduate career triggers me no end.
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