To find out it is safe or not to post personal information / experience on LinkedIn, I went to different websites and post my question (http://answers.yahoo.com, http://wiki.answers.com, and also I did post the same question on my LinkedIn – answers).
The first difference between LinkedIn and those websites, is because I’m already enroll on LinkedIn, so I didn’t need to fill it up the website. That is the first difference I would point. The second difference is related with the confidence when I read the response. On the answers.yahoo, I got a quickly response, but the information there is kind of vague for me. On the LinkedIn, because I know the person who I was sending the question, I think she was more careful answering.
Elaine Herscher, is on my LinkedIn connections. She is a journalist, writer, editor, and multimedia producer. We took classes together at Berkeley City College. I asked her if she thinks is safe to post personal information / experience on the LinkedIn and she said “ Yes, I think it’s safe as long as the information is about your experience as a professional. I wouldn’t post anything about your personal life. It would be good to say you’re from Portugal, for example, and speak X number of languages — anything that makes you stand out as a professional.”
On the answers.com, a Microsoft MVP, named Ben Schorr (I believe), said, “Depends upon what kind of personal information you’re thinking of posting.” In addition, from the same website, Marian said I think anything posted anywhere on the ‘net should be considered public information accessible to all. It’s a good source, but be careful what you post there, or anywhere.” Another person, I can’t even know for sure if it is a men or woman, said, ” Its pretty much never safe to post personal info past your name on the web. Google your name and city and see what comes up.” I didn’t receive any response from wiki.answers website, so I can’t compare my answers.