I keep getting email from LinkedIn telling me that someone in my network has endorsed me for this, that or the other skill. My initial reaction when these emails started arriving was surprise, because I knew about LinkedIn’s recommendation system but hadn’t heard about their new endorsement system. After a while, surprise turned to amusement. Allow me to explain why.
Unlike recommendations, where one LinkedIn user actively solicits a recommendation from another, endorsements are purely one-way. Any LinkedIn user can endorse any of their connections for any skill. There is no verification step, no filtering, except that each user can select whether or not to show endorsements on their profile page—but not, to my knowledge which endorsements to show.
Here’s how endorsements work: whenever you view one of your connections’ profile, LinkedIn lists a handful of skills and asks you whether that person has them. You can also type in any skill which isn’t among those LinkedIn preselected. There is a big yellow button that says “Endorse
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It looks like I'm missing something here so I'd like someone to explain to me how Mozilla Foundation, a company into which Google dumps nearly $100 million a year, gets to produce Firefox (for which the only reason for using is that it sometimes sucks less than the competition), a mostly (still!) unifinished Thunderbird 3, and a couple of academic excercise-style projects?