Well they have finally outdone themselves.
I thought all the crashes and “try later” warnings were bad. Just like the “your contact list is currently not available.”
Then we had to deal with the totally random attacks on keyword stuffing by the LinkedIn Trust & Safety team. If you look up any keyword on LinkedIn, I guarantee you that the first 4 or 5 pages of results will be keyword stuffed in the projects section. So you do the same thing, or you can’t compete. I explained this and the fact that they could write a pretty simple algorithm to detect this, not anything like Google, but they never made an effort.
Now, just as I am getting used to my profile supposedly among the top 1% viewed in 2012, we get a total new look: They have changed all the tabs, removed all the applications, stopped supporting blogs altogether, and cannot tell anyone when they will have the “new application” that will allow you to put up your experiences now supposedly in your summary section -all without any kind of announcement or warning.
WTF? I make my living (in part) as a LinkedIn coach. I have spent the better part of a complete day scrambling to read what little documentation they have, and emailing back and forth to other supposed LinkedIn Guru’s (like anyone can figure out what they are likely to do next) to figure out how to work around this latest “improvement.”
Could this have anything to do with their attempts to monetize LinkedIn? To this point it hasn’t really made any sense to upgrade. Keep your eyes and ears open for some sort of suggestion that there are plug-ins and gizmos available to Premium users, like video upload etc.
I’ll keep you posted as I sort this out (another day or two I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel) as it is excruciatingly apparent that they won’t.