There is an interesting conversation going on this week between some of the web’s heavy hitters on the subject of the actual value of LinkedIn recommendations in the reputation economy.
Here’s the time line of the conversation so far…
- July 17th – Jeremiah Owyang (Forrester Research) posts a thought provoking and well-written piece on his blog that sparks the debate titled Requested Recommendations on Social Networks: Why I Won’t Do It
- July 17th, later that day – Russ Somers (Egghead Marketing) posts an extended the conversation on his blog about the Evaluating LinkedIn Reccomendations that references Jeremiah’s article and the resulting Twitter chatter.
- July 18th – Kay Luo, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at LinkedIn, contacts Jeremiah and writes him a LinkedIn recommendation that he accepts on his profile.
- July 24th, LinkedIn responds to Jeremiah’s post on their blog, discussing the benefits of recommendations and the social economy.