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  1. Carrie Schmeck
    January 22, 2013

    Good points. I still find my greatest use for Linked In is sleuthing for company contacts–editors, marketing directors, etc. So far, that is still available…

  2. Susan Johnston
    January 23, 2013

    I too was disappointed to hear that LinkedIn is shuttering its Answers feature. It sounds like the archives will disappear as well? Frankly, I don’t think endorsements has much value beyond driving users back to the site. Unlike recommendations, endorsements have no context on how users know each other, so you have people endorsing each other in a tit for tat manner that has nothing to do with their actual skills.

    Another resource you might consider is Quora.com, which is a question and answer site similar to LinkedIn answers. Users’ profiles are linked to their Facebook or Twitter account so that lends some context to who they are. (Full disclosure: my brother interned there last year so that’s how I know about the site.)

    • Michelle V. Rafter
      January 23, 2013

      That would be a shame if archives disappeared too Susan, thanks for letting us know.


      • Susan Johnston
        January 24, 2013

        I just read that Facebook used to have a Questions section (that I didn’t even know about) and it too was shuttered: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/19/facebook-questions-shut-down/ Even though these can be a useful resource for journalists, it seems like something isn’t gelling for the websites themselves. Maybe it’s not being well used or well executed or it creates spam issues? I’d be curious why this feature hasn’t taken off.

      • Michelle V. Rafter
        January 24, 2013

        I had no idea FB had a questions section either. I think LinkedIn is pulling the plug on Answers because fewer people were using it, and these days they’re all about page views and interactions.

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