How to Manage Your LinkedIn Skills Endorsements

linkedin skills endorsements

LinkedIn Skills Endorsements hit the scene back in September 2012

Many people were not fans and by the looks of it, some are still fighting them by not participating.  How do you make the best of LinkedIn Skills Endorsements?

  1. List your skills.  You can add and manage your skills in the Skills & Expertise section of your profile when it is in edit mode.  Pick at least ten.  LinkedIn will give you variations of the same skill so setting your skills can take a while.  For instance, I was offered several endorsement opportunities with the words Social Media  so I took advantage by listing all that were applicable. You don’t have to ask for the Skills Endorsements to receive them and depending on your settings, you will get an e-mail notification when you receive one.
  2. Hide skills you don’t want to show.  This is something many people don’t realize you can do.  It’s beneficial to hide skills for a few reasons.  Perhaps someone gave you an endorsement for a skill you don’t believe applies to you.  Perhaps you are looking for a job and you want your endorsements to be focused on the skills necessary for the job you are interviewing for.  Perhaps you want more endorsements on skills at the bottom of your list.  Here’s a quick video to show you exactly how:
  3. According to LinkedIn’s overview,  you can only give or receive endorsements to and from your 1st degree connections. This brings up the age old argument between those who have thousands of 1st degree connections and those who only connect with those whom they personally know and trust.  It is easy to assume those with thousands of 1st degree connections will more than likely get more skills endorsements than those who do not.   The more people you’re connected to, the greater your reach and the more possibilities you have to get help reaching out to a potential employer, client or consultant.  Please do not misunderstand, I’m not saying to go out and connect with every person on LinkedIn, I’m just pointing out the likelihood of the number of endorsements you could receive in relation to the number of 1st degree connections you have.
  4. It’s a good idea to reciprocate skills endorsements.  If someone went to the trouble to endorse you for skills you listed, or even for some skills you have but forgot to list, why not reciprocate?   Let’s say you’ve reciprocated to the point there are no more opportunities to endorse them for a skill.  How do you interact with them to stay in their news feed then?  All you need to do is look at the Activity  box right below their photo.  This box will show what this person has been up to on LinkedIn (if they have their settings to show this information), click See More.  If they have shared blog posts or commented on items, you can interact with someone this way as well.  This is also a good opportunity to meet in person for coffee or to network.

So, for a quick recap of managing your LinkedIn skills endorsements: List the skills you want, hide the ones you don’t want to show, connect to more people if you want more endorsements and reciprocate.

Do you have any LinkedIn skills endorsements tips?



Facebook Places: A Stalker’s Dream?

Facebook Places

I hate to be a “Paranoid Pattie”, but I REALLY don’t like Facebook’s new Places “feature” on their Timeline wall.  They used to have it at the top of your wall just under the banner as shown below:

Facebook tabs


You could hide the map by trading places with another item (see boxes or tabs).  Recently the “powers that be” at Facebook have decided to move the map or “Places feature”; the item that shows anyone you share your Facebook account with where you have been, on your wall.  You can no longer hide your map.   While some of you may ask “what’s wrong with this?” alarms go off,  and my “spidy” senses tingle, because as a social media person, I keep my wall public, and I friend many more people than my close family and friends.  I don’t necessarily want every person I’ve friended on Facebook to know the exact area I live, or the areas I travel on a regular basis.  So if you are like me, (rather be safe than sorry) I’ve recorded a couple of videos and written a few pointers for you.  Below is a list of items I’ve discovered that will show what causes those “Places” to show on your Timeline map:

1) Foursquare posts:  Whether you share them to your Facebook wall or not, if you check-in on Foursquare and take a photo then take a separate photo and upload it to your Facebook wall, it will add it to your Places map.

2) Mobile photo uploads:  If you take a photo with your smartphone and upload it to your wall, it MAY add it to your wall.  It depends on your phone and which app you use when you take your photo.  I know when I used Instagram, it did not add those photos to my Facebook Places… but that may have been because I did not check that as a default setting when I installed it on my phone.

3) Tagged images: If someone tags you in a photo, you guessed it, you will be added to that location.  (You can change this setting under Privacy Settings.)

There may be more ways you can be added to the Places map, these are ways I’ve found so far.  Below are ways I know you can remove yourself from the Places map and what you can do to keep yourself from re-appearing.

1) Remove the Foursquare app from Facebook.  I tried to have it just not post on my behalf, but that did not do the trick – I had to remove the app completely.  If you are unsure how to remove the app,  watch the video shown below:

2) Remove the mobile photo uploads:  There are a couple of ways you can do this, double-click the map locator until you see which post has the image(s) tied to the map, at which point you want to double-click the image again and delete each image.  If this does not work, you want to see which day the image is posted and delete it from that day on your Timeline. (see video)

3) Remove the tag from the photo: Locate the photo using the same steps above and remove the tag.  If you are unsure how to remove the tag, watch the video.

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think Mark Zuckerberg has been contracted by the government to use Facebook as tracking software because people so readily give their information, and this program posts what a normal person would consider personal and private information on a regular basis.  What do you think?

Never Used Pinterest? This Post’s For YOU!

If you’re new to Pinterest and social media in general don’t feel bad, everyone started out as a newbie.


This post has a few very short “how-to” videos to show you exactly what you need to do turn off e-mail notifications,  and follow or unfollow boards or partial boards on Pinterest. Why do I include videos? If you’re like me, and 65% of the rest of visual learners out there, these videos will help you learn Pinterest and the other social media platforms I write about.

The first video is about how to turn off e-mail notifications:

Now that you’ve turned off those pesky e-mail notifications, you want to follow your friends on Pinterest right?  The problem is, you may not necessarily have all the same interests as your friends so why follow ALL of the same boards?  The great thing is, you don’t have to follow all of their boards.  The following video shows you how you can follow all or pick and choose a few of the boards of those people you follow.

These videos will get you started  and more will follow soon.  Don’t forget, you can always post your questions if you have specific questions on Pinterest or any other social media platform.  I may have some videos you may like on other topics on my YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out.



Twitter: How To Spot That Bot!

Why do there have to be Twitter bots?


This post is about robot accounts, or fake accounts created for the sole purpose of following users.   Perhaps you’ve been tempted to purchase Twitter followers?  There are many reasons why people would want to buy followers but there are also many reasons NOT to purchase followers.

  • Twitter is about forming relationships with real people.  If you followed these people personally, you probably know  their interests , which tweets will appeal to them, and which ones they will retweet for you.
  • While a large number of followers are impressive, if they don’t share your content, you might as well be talking to a brick wall.
  • If your target market is geographically local to you, buying Twitter followers will not help.  You may get followers in the US, but there’s no way to purchase followers in your geographic location.  Many companies that sell Twitter followers don’t offer US only, if you purchase followers, you get what you get.

I could list more reasons why you don’t want to purchase Twitter followers, but the real reason for the post is to show you how to tell the difference between an account created and used by a living person and one that is a bot account created for the sole purpose of inflating numbers.

Now that you’ve watched the video, do you feel more or less confused?  If you interact with another Twitter account that has been “infiltrated”  by a bot account that does not mean your account is at risk.  As long as you know you are following a real person, you should be fine.  You would have to click on a link or install an application to infect your account.   I can say I have followed Twitter’s instructions for “cleaning” my account and it’s still behaving badly so there’s got to be something wonky somewhere!  Have you experienced problems with bots?  I’d like to hear your story!


Don’t Want to Share SO MUCH Info with Apps on Facebook?

What Are Facebook Apps?


If you’ve been on Facebook for any length of time, chances are you’ve installed (or been tempted to install) a third party application such as Farmville, Klout, or Skype, just to name a few.  The problem with these apps is they want so much information from you.  When they install, they not only want access to your account, but they want you to agree to be able to make posts on your timeline or wall, AS YOU!  Well guess what?!  You don’t always have to allow these apps to do that!  That’s right, you might be able change that setting.

Installed Apps Getting You Down?

In the video posted below,  you will see exactly what information you can withhold, and how you can remove access you’ve already granted to these apps.

If you learned something new watching this video, there are more like this one peppered throughout my site.  Kick off your shoes and stay awhile!  If you liked it, let me know by writing a review on my Facebook fan page.  If you’d like another question answered, you can post that on my fan page too!  Your feedback is greatly appreciated!