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Hear, hear! I even get posts in my timeline now saying "Jane Doe is now following what Joe Bloggs is saying on LinkedIn Today" - who gives a shite? I want to know what Jane Doe thinks, that's why I have her as a contact.
It seems to be one step forward, two steps back with LinkedIn all the time! Overall they are definitely killing it from a user perspective - but they wouldn't be doing it if it did not help them to capitalize in some way. So let's wake up and smell the coffee folks.... say after me: "It's not about the users, stupid".
In Thailand (where I live) there is a high-profile case right now of a woman who died recently following very simple cosmetic surgery procedure. Your nip and tuck metaphor is a great one, and LinkedIn should heed the obvious warnings.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Nips and Tucks Happening at LinkedIn