Like many business professionals, I utilize LinkedIn as a networking resource. If you use LinkedIn, you may have noticed that you can see people who have looked at your profile. I don’t utilize that feature all that often, but I recently noticed that 3 of the last 10 people who looked at my profile had no name or picture (I am not claiming that is the norm or average). LinkedIn states, “this person chose to be shown as anonymous.” That’s a fairly large percentage of people who had interest in seeing my profile, but didn’t want me to know who they were.
Perhaps readers can give me some insight into this. Personally, I don’t understand why anyone would want to remain anonymous. Could it be a competitor checking out my profile? Perhaps I have an ex-girlfriend who decided to stalk me? Perhaps those individuals wanted to remain anonymous due to concerns over their internet privacy. Wait…that doesn’t make sense! LinkedIn should be an I see you, you can see me forum. Anyone with privacy concerns should certainly not be checking out any other profiles, least of all anonymously.
“This member chose to be shown as anonymous.”
Don’t be this person!
LinkedIn can be a valuable business tool, particularly to those in sales and marketing, and certainly for job seekers. They allow you to create a personal profile that can look different from your company website or your resume. If you remain “anonymous” you remain unknown. What good can that do?
LinkedIn is a professional network, so it works best when people introduce themselves with a well-written bio and a reasonably professional looking photo. Please be yourself and not just some anonymous surfer dude. And for goodness sake, please don’t scare people into thinking that they have an anonymous stalker.
So, unless your name is Guy Fawkes, or you starred in V for Vendetta, please don’t be anonymous. Please be the real you!