LinkedIn, the online social networking service, now with over 5.5 million members, encourages users to help one another by providing “endorsements” – something like references.

In a post today on my Thinking Home Business blog, On Moderation In Using and Seeking LinkedIn Endorsements, I point out some of the challenges with this system and an interesting discussion going on at present among blogging recruiters.

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).