Learn about Microsoft LinkedIn: Get a Job, Make a Sale

October 22, 2018

How many times a month do you receive invites from acquaintances to join LinkedIn? LinkedIn is supposed to be Facebook with a professional skew, but nobody ever uses it other than to spy on people. What if it had another use, like the newest social media game? The Outline wrote the ultimate walkthrough and FAQ guide to LinkedIn. You need to check it out at, “How To Beat LinkedIn: The Game.” The Outline’s article is described as “a strategy guide for using a semi-pointless network in all the wrong ways” and it is awesome, because it treats LinkedIn like a videogame.

It starts with a little history about how LinkedIn started in 2002, has around 530 millions users, and Microsoft bought in 2016 for $26.2 million. The “game” is described as:

“For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business. Players can choose from dozens of character classes (e.g., Entrepreneurs, Social Media Mavens, Finance Wizards) each with their own skill sets and special moves (Power Lunch; Signal Boost; Invoice Dodge). They gain “experience” by networking, obtaining endorsements from other users, and posting inspirational quotes from Elon Musk.”

LinkedIn’s goal is to connect with as many people as possible to further one’s career to gain vaguely defined social capital, and build an illusion of importance among its users. The guide helps your craft the best strategy to winning the game. The steps include crafting the ultimate businessman with ivy league schools, being located in a big city, and using stock businessmen photos. Then you need to connect with as many other players as possible. Unfortunately players are limited to 30000 connections and 3000 connections requests. You can grow your network by powering through the game for a few hours everyday by fishing for employees at big corporations and sending them requests. Eventually the more people will accept them, then your influence will grow.

The third important strategy is to spam the LinkedIn feed with fake work anniversaries. This is done by creating up to twelve fake jobs, the limit you can have. The fourth step is even more important, because you need to lie, lie, and lie some more as you inflate your credentials and importance. At this point, corporate recruiters are going to start engaging with you and then you can start a LinkedIn endorsement company.

LinkedIn: An interesting service.

Whitney Grace, October 22, 2018


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