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GCHQ uses doctored websites including those from the business network LinkedIn to secretly install surveillance software on the computers of unwitting target companies and individuals it wants to spy on, the German news magazine Der Spiegel has reported.
While LinkedIn is a great social media networking tool, and arguably the most professional of such tools available, it is not without its disadvantages. These include the potential of a profile or activity causing harm to your professional reputation as well as causing you to overlook professional contacts who are not actively engaged on LinkedIn. As you create a profile or build an active presence on the site, it’s important to also be conscious of some of its downfalls.
Possibly one of the biggest disadvantages of LinkedIn, as with other social media tools, is the investment of time required to use it most effectively. While setting up a profile is relatively easy and does not require design expertise, the robust nature of the site means that there are many resources to navigate through, from Groups to Answers to making connections with others, which also makes it very time-consuming. For those interested in establishing a presence without a loss of work time, a good best practice is to be very strategic in terms of deciding which areas of the site to focus on and how much time to spend on a daily or weekly basis.
Your profile is your LinkedIn page that describes you: your career history, education, interests, and other related content you may want to publish. We have a variety of features that leverage your profile or others’ profiles to help you meet your objectives. Through the Company’s platform, members are able to create, manage and share their professional identity online, build and engage with their professional network, access shared knowledge and insights, and find business opportunities. Its platform provides members with solutions, including applications and tools, to search, connect and communicate with business contacts, learn about career opportunities, join industry groups, research organizations and share information. Its members create profiles that serve as their professional profiles and are accessible by any other member, as well as anyone with an Internet connection.
LinkedIn is a social networking site designed specifically for the business community. The goal of the site is to allow registered members to establish and document networks of people they know and trust professionally.
A LinkedIn member’s profile page, which emphasizes employment history and education, has professional network news feeds and a limited number of customizable modules. Basic membership for LinkedIn is free. Network members are called “connections.” Unlike other free social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn requires connections to have a pre-existing relationship.
With basic membership, a member can only establish connections with someone he has worked with, knows professionally (online or offline) or has gone to school with. Connections up to three degrees away (see six degrees of separation) are seen as part of the member’s network, but the member is not allowed to contact them through LinkedIn without an introduction. Premium subscriptions can be purchased to provide members with better access to contacts in the LinkedIn database.