No More Endorsements

Last year a few students asked for my endorsement on LinkedIn.  I wrote a few, growing more uncomfortable with each about their lack of a specific audience and permanence online.  I decided last fall not to endorse anyone else on LinkedIn or comparable sites.  I didn’t have to apply my decision until yesterday, when I rejected a former student’s request for a LinkedIn endorsement.  I explained that I would be happy to recommend him to a specific employer or graduate school; he was a terrific student.  My rejection has nothing to do with his merits.  I am rejecting the concept of permanent, open-ended, recommendations.

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