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    So someone finds out that social networks try their damn hardest to harvest all the information from you?

    I mean that’s basically the reason these companies exist.

    But kudos for explaining the gory details.

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        I got a lot of attention from recruiters via LinkedIn this last time, but they ended up sending me the same opportunities I found on Indeed. Not affiliated, just a happy customer.

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          Thanks for the reply. What do you like better about Indeed?

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            The interface was better, and I drove a lot of the process, rather than the recruiters. Too, many companies at least here in Toronto were advertising directly through Indeed, so that was one less person to keep in the loop. Finally, in a “the rich get richer” move that makes me slightly queasy, they bought me a PS4 for getting a (very good) job through them.

            Too, they’re not a scummy “social network” that exists to sell people’s private information to “influencers”. So there’s that, too.

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              I tried posting my resume on Indeed for a few days to see if your description held up but all I got was headhunters and talent scouts wanting to “have a quick chat”.

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                Huh. That sucks. Did you try the “prime” thing? I guess they screen your resume and if you’re considered a hot enough prospect (I inexplicably was) you get into a much less spammy pipeline.

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                  I didn’t try “prime” - not actually sure what that is! Also, I suspect that the amount of spam in correlated with how “hot” your resume looks, unless you are implying that “prime” keeps your resume private by default. I ended up making mine private, since I’m not actually looking for a new job.

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        Sigh. That’s because you’re not using the product (LinkedIn), but you ARE the product for LinkedIn.

        Facebook’s doing the same, with fake notifications and false injection of “things” to keep people engaged.

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          Yikes, that’s a lot more obnoxious than it was when I first signed on. Back then, it only asked you for your email address and password and tried to log in and grab your address book, and I guess whatever else it wanted. Luckily it wasn’t too hard to skip that.

          On the bright side, at least they’re using the proper OAuth API now, so we don’t have to wonder what else they’re doing with your email account, or whether you can be really sure the company that’s already been hacked and had a bunch of data released once isn’t storing your email password anywhere. On the not-so-bright side, it sounds like they really amped up the dark patterns in trying to snag your contact list.