Cautionary Tales:  Real or Fake?  The Pinocchio of Full Disclosure on Linkedin | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
When social media goes wrong what usually happens is someone wants to game the system in their favor.


Real or persona?  It was an issue for me when I jumped into social media in 2008, when twitter was new, Facebook was super cool for college kids (and NOT about baby boomers or grandparents accessing family photos) and LinkedIn was still in it's infancy, but drawing attention from recruiters and natural networkers.

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Full disclosure is ...used in building trust in blog exchanges, highlighting possible conflicts of interest, which is definitely going on here.

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I concluded that real was were it was at, learning from the digital strategy folks, and also seeing there are multiple points of view, like this one, as well as the privacy practices post earlier this week here.


Also, there was no "full disclosure" in this cautionary tale.  Full disclosure is a common statement used in building trust in blog exchanges, highlighting possible conflicts of interest, which is definitely going on here.  


I've also had LinkedIn network members message me privately on how certain LinkedIn users, unknown to me but showing up in my message box, "game" the system to build up their LinkedIn rankings.  In the end, what comes around, goes around, and disreputable networkers will be found out and may be thrown out.


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May the user be warned via LinkedIn when you don't know the reputation of someone key to your social media discussion.


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May the user be warned via LinkedIn when you don't know the reputation of someone key to your social media discussion.


Excerpted:


Sumit (name in discussion) did what most do in Linkedin, he offered his advice on how to best use Linkedin, while another asked the critical question “do we do a disservice to others by insisting linkedin delivers value for all.”


Then, we find out a key contributor to the discussion is a FAKE. 


A key question is, Who’s Ready For Honest Dialogue?  


A take away was that an author of a Linkedin program had thought it was a good idea to create a fake Group profile to make it appear like a third party discussion of their work.


Read the full post here.