Much like Facebook, and many others who have gone this route in the past, LinkedIn decided to move forward with Social Ads on an OPT-OUT bases – meaning you are participating right now even without knowing it. I’m not much of a fan of anything OPT-OUT as it assumes you know what the recipients wants to do and how they want to do this.
Don’t get me wrong I understand that for many these social services are giving participants a free ride to use these services (aside from lots of eyeballs on ads – so is it really free?), and that asking people to participate in these types of programs will likely result in less participation – making the decision for a consumer/user to share additional information without their consent just rubs me the wrong way.
If the idea of sharing this additional information bothers you here is how you can opt-out:
- Go to Settings
- Select Account
- Select Manage Social Advertising
- Uncheck the LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising option
If you think I’m being unreasonable about the whole assumption of permission – please tell me why. I’d love to hear your side of the story.