On LinkedIn, have you seen the message?
Full profiles for 3rd-degree connections are available only to premium account holders.
The first couple of times I saw this I thought it had to be temporary glitch. At a time when everyone else is adding useful features, LinkedIn is taking them away.
Most of the time you cannot see what LinkedIn call 3rd degree connections. But not all of the time.
It's not clear to me why some full CV's are visible and some are not.
What's crazy is that in an unlogged browser the profiles are visible.
Here's a search for what's available when logged in to LinkedIn: http://www.google.com/search?q=Kelley+G.+Founder+and+Chief+Instructor+at+UCB+Program
Okay so the work around is to take the description from the top of the limited profile which LinkedIn will show you and search Google. In the case of Kelly Graham as noted above, it's Kelley G. Founder and Chief Instructor at UCB Program.
I can't understand why LinkedIn is mistreating its users. On top of it, LinkedIn has to keep offering the full public profiles to Google if LinkedIn want to keep expanding and getting search traffic.
Apparently it's push to force recruiters to ante up for an annual pro account. And there's a back end play on making job seekers pay for a monthly visibility account. This is foolishness, as LinkedIn's growth is driven by being useful to its end users and a congenial place to do basic research. Sure, encourage us to sign up for value-added features but not for the basics.
Instead of adding value for recruiters, LinkedIn is taking value away from users.
LinkedIn really a good idea gone very bad.
Alec has been helping businesses succeed online since 2000. Alec is an SEM expert with a background in advertising, as a former Head of Television for Grey Moscow and Senior Television Producer for Bates, Saatchi and Saatchi Russia. Alec maintains a photography and culture weblog at uncoy.com. His dance film Lapinthrope won prizes around the […]