9 Things You Might Not Know About LinkedIn

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Carl Court, Getty Images

As the Facebook of the corporate world, LinkedIn has been providing professional referrals for its users—which today number 645 million—since its debut in 2003. If you have only a vague memory of creating a profile, we've collected some facts and tips on how to get the most out of the internet's most valuable electronic business card.

1. LinkedIn can penalize people for being too ambitious.

LinkedIn wants you to reach out and establish connections with professionals who might be able to further your career, but the company would prefer you not turn into a pest: user accounts can be restricted or deleted for sending out too many invitations when the recipients indicate they don’t know you.

2. LinkedIn can hurt your job search if you're not careful.

Sometimes artificial intelligence doesn't act very intelligent. When users update their LinkedIn profile to better articulate their current position or even change their status to “unemployed,” the site likes to deploy a mass email urging your contacts to “congratulate” you on your new position—even if it’s the same position, or no position at all. If you’re in the job market and potential employers think you’ve landed something, you might be out of luck.  (You may want to turn off a feature labeled “activity broadcasts” so contacts aren’t alerted every time you sneeze.)

3. LinkedIn endorsements may not matter. 

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Job hunters quizzed about how much stock they place in those little “Endorsement” boxes in a LinkedIn profile had a quick answer: they don’t really care. Because endorsements are so easily checked off, they don’t carry much weight. (And in the case of people who barely know you, might not even be accurate.) Instead, try to aim for “Recommendations,” the personalized mini-letters of endorsement that colleagues can post to your profile.

4. LinkedIn loves to see shiny new profiles. 

Your electronic resume might be so perfectly worded and arranged you’re reluctant to mess with it. You should: LinkedIn’s search interface places value on profiles that feature a revolving door of fresh content, even if it’s just a single update about a new project or a new buzzword for work you’ve already been doing for years. Doing so can help a profile stand out in contrast to a laundry list of aged-out accomplishments.

5. You probably don't know you're being watched on LinkedIn. 

LinkedIn takes a sizable chunk of its profits from Recruiter, the site portal available to head hunters looking to fill jobs. By paying for the premium service, recruiters are able to surf profiles anonymously, stick a dossier to your profile with their own personal notes, and generally peer in on you while you’re none the wiser. One recruiter told WIRED that someone who lacked a LinkedIn profile entirely had zero chance of getting hired, even if he came across them through another channel. A lack of one would be a “red flag.”

6. LinkedIn finally realized they sent out too many emails.

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To be a LinkedIn member is to choke on emails updating you on your contacts' updated profiles, your new job opportunities, and several additional reminders about each. In 2015, LinkedIn acknowledged their ticker-tape parade of messages was too much for most people and announced they would be reducing their one-sided correspondence by 40 percent.

7. There are a few words to avoid on LinkedIn. 

Are you motivated? Creative? Passionate? Congratulations—so is virtually everyone else looking for work. Catherine Fisher, senior director of corporate communications for LinkedIn, told Fast Company that those were three of the most overused and ineffectual adjectives in profiles. She advised users to show motivation—not just tell—by offering specifics on projects or jobs they’re passionate about.

8. LinkedIn had to settle a class-action lawsuit. 

In 2013, many LinkedIn members were perturbed to discover that the site had used their imported email contact list to send out invitations to join the site by using the original user’s name. According to Business Insider, a California district court found that the site had not overstepped its Terms of Service policy with the initial introductory email—but it did take advantage by sending two follow-up emails. LinkedIn denied wrongdoing but agreed to a $13 million settlement.

9. LinkedIn isn't Facebook, but photos still matter. 

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Research has been done into how long job recruiters stare at profile photos, and they apparently like to peer into your soul for quite some time. Photos with “creative” filters, group shots, or clutter aren’t likely to endear you to viewers. Opt for a headshot that skips Photoshop and lets your personality come through without being too eccentric.  

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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6 Fascinating Facts About Vincent Price

There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
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It’s basically impossible to talk about classic horror movies without mentioning at least one film starring Vincent Price. With his menacing voice, laugh, and presence, Price easily became a staple in Hollywood horror cinema. The actor may be known for House of Wax (1953), The Last Man on Earth (1964), and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), but he has more than 200 acting credits across film, television, and theater.

Although his contributions to the horror genre are truly unparalleled, few people know that there is much more to him beyond these performances. He once wrote that he is passionate about three things: work, art, and food. Here are six fascinating facts you may not know about Vincent Price.

1. Vincent Price initially studied for a master’s degree in Fine Arts.

Price graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and a minor in Art History. He taught at his alma mater for a year before entering the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Although he fully intended to study for a master’s degree in Fine Arts, he was drawn to theater and decided to become an actor instead.

2. A museum in East Los Angeles is named after Vincent Price.

In addition to being an actor, Price was also a well-respected art collector and consultant. In 1957, he and his then-wife Mary Grant donated 90 pieces of art to the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) because they wanted students to have “first-hand experiences with art.” The institution named the art gallery, now the Vincent Price Art Museum, in their honor. Price had recognized art’s significance in education ever since he was a student himself. As he once said, "A picture was worth a thousand words, even if I had to read 10 million words to get to see more pictures.”

3. Vincent Price was a major foodie.

Vincent Price was as talented in the kitchen as he was on the screen.Frank Barratt/Stringer/Getty Images

Price was born into a family of food businessmen, so it's perhaps no surprise that he embarked upon his own culinary adventures. He went on to earn a reputation as a gourmet cook, cementing his culinary legacy by authoring several cookbooks and hosting his own cooking television show, Cooking Price-Wise.

4. Tim Burton’s Vincent Price documentary remains incomplete and unreleased to this day.

Price was Tim Burton’s good friend, frequent collaborator, and childhood idol. During the filming of Edward Scissorhands (1990), Burton approached Price to discuss the idea of an independent documentary about the actor’s life. They shot some interviews at the ELAC, and the project was tentatively titled Conversations with Vincent.

After Price’s death, Burton wanted to complete the documentary, which he then renamed A Visit with Vincent. However, it never happened. Some say the film wasn’t released because it became too personal for Burton, while others believe studios refused to grant any budget for the project.

5. Vincent Price's daughter says he was bisexual.

“I am as close to certain as I can be that my dad had physically intimate relationships with men,” said his daughter Victoria Price in an exclusive interview with #Boom Magazine. He was also supportive of her when she came out to him. She recalled that he said, “You know, I know just how you feel because I have had these deep, loving relationships with men in my life and all my wives were jealous.”

6. Vincent Price’s voice is featured on a Disneyland attraction.

With a voice as iconic and distinctive as Price had, it’s no wonder Disneyland Paris hired him to record narration for their dark ride attraction, Phantom Manor. However, the audio was shortly replaced by a French narration, so only Price’s evil laugh remained. After a major renovation in 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering brought back his recordings and included previously unused material in the refurbished attraction.