How they knew about the guy I emailed, I still have no idea…
But wait, according to Linked In’s Help Center on the People You May Know feature, these suggestions are based on just 2 factors (straight from the Help Center page): I don’t currently and haven’t previously used the Imported Contact feature and as described above, several of these suggestions share no clear link to me in the online world—connections, experiences, companies, industries and school included.
Everyone points to Google, Apple and Facebook and pretty much stops there.
I’ve also always been frustrated with Linked In’s controls, constantly finding more boxes I need to uncheck to stop receiving notifications.
Let’s begin with the “People You May Know” feature.
Every time I sign in, I’m startled by one of the names they suggest.
Also, nowhere does it mention Twitter or Facebook data, so those theories are out.
However, after perusing my Linked In settings, I found three different areas where Privacy Controls are listed.
In other words, “People Also Viewed” creates a public graph of creepy men’s browsing habits at work.On another note, it seems that Facebook in sensitive about this topic, as I received this prompt when I disabled instant personalization: I still believe that Linked In is using the search history of others to suggest “people I may know” to me, which sort of make sense.However, I am still stumped on how they came up with some of these names.This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while.In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year.