I received the following message over the weekend from LinkedIn friend David Quinn that you definitely need to read:
I really like LinkedIn, but as a person concerned about privacy and social networks, I believe that I have to point out a change to you.
Without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy conditions and has now granted itself permission to use YOUR NAME AND PICTURE in any of their advertisements. Yes: Your name + your picture = A LinkedIn ad.
Some simple actions to be considered by you:
1. Place the cursor on your name at the top right corner of the screen. From the small
pull down menu that appears, select “Settings”
2. Then click “Account” on the left side of the bottom of the screen
3. In the column next to Account, select the option “Manage Social Advertising”
4. Finally uncheck the box “LinkedIn may use my name and photo in social advertising” and hit “Save.”
5. Then select the option “Manage Partner Advertising,” uncheck that box as well and hit “Save.”
Looking for a way to inform your connections? Simple: Via Inbox>Compose message in Linkedin, you can send a message to 50 connections at once.
I took a look, and I was opted in:
I dig LinkedIn, but LinkedIn should communicate with its users and let them know they can opt-out. It’s the responsible thing to do.
Oh, if you want to opt out of Facebook’s social advertising, click here.
That’s my take. What’s yours?