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Random dude wants to be your employee on LinkedIn–can you say no?


A few weeks ago, I sung LinkedIn’s praises in a piece that reviewed the company’s stellar performance in recent years, and downplayed the importance of its undoubtedly inflated IPO.

Chris Herbert, a Maclean’s reader and founder of a marketing and business development company, left an interesting comment on the story. He too is a fan of LinkedIn, he wrote, but has a quibble with the site: phantom employees. Several people have claimed to be employees at his Mi6 Agency, he told Maclean’s in an interview, when, in fact, they aren’t. It’s an issue other business owners have been complaining about for a while.

Herbert alerted LinkedIn to the problem, and the company has now weeded out the bogus profiles. Asked about Mi6’s case, a LinkedIn Canada spokesperson wrote in an email that the site encourages members to “flag profiles such as these so that we can review and take action.”

That’s all good, but it sounds like it takes some time for LinkedIn to be able to take a look at scam employees and bring them down. Wouldn’t it be better to have a feature that lets employers confirm that a person is actually working for them? If someone claims to be my friend on Facebook, the site asks me whether it’s true or not. Shouldn’t LinkedIn do the same?


Random dude wants to be your employee on LinkedIn–can you say no?

  1. “Wouldn’t it be better…”

    No. I can think of no faster way to demolish a social networking site than giving third party corporations editing vetoes on user profiles.

    Have you even used the internet yet? That’s not really how it works…

    • @Jack: I think the solution is to make it possible for a company, like mine, to identify the bogus accounts and flag them for review. Right now, there is a “Natural Born Killer” employee of mine. There needs to be a way to protect organizations from bogus accounts without letting corporations play “big brother” or “overlord”. 

      Any suggestions on how this problem could get solved?

  2. Test.

  3. Jack’s right – after all, do you want your employer to even know you’re on LinkedIn?  After all, it means you’re out there to jump to another company, perhaps even a competitor, right?

    LinkedIn already qualifies you for some companies by forcing you to use your company email to sign up.  It’s not something you can sign up for at home easily – but then, at your company you are likely to be prevented from even going to LinkedIn.

  4. Buyer beware!!!

    WE do not need BIG Brother approving every entry!