So, maybe they using something like Facebook to influence these suggestions? First, they didn’t list it as a source for feeding the People You May Know feature, and second, they told me so in this reply to one of my multiple inquiries to customer support on the matter: Well, that didn’t accomplish much.This person just reiterated what the Help Center page said.
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.
If you go to your Settings page and click on Profile, you will see privacy controls for a variety of profile related issues.
If you click on the Account tab, you can adjust privacy controls for advertising.
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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.
After digging for answers and even a couple attempts at contacting their customer support, I’ve concluded that Linked In is by far the creepiest social network.
The primary reasons Linked In is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the “People You May Know” and “People Also Viewed” features.
However, I hadn’t noticed (mainly because I didn’t think to look for privacy controls in more than one place) the privacy options under the Groups, Companies & Applications tab.