New LinkedIn Rule: Search for Free Until You Can’t

by Jim Stroud

LinkedIn, the No. 1 social network used by recruiters and sourcers around the world, is changing the game; it has decided to give it all away for free. This is a direct quote from their website:

As part of our ongoing efforts to make search on LinkedIn more relevant and powerful for you, we’re increasing the visibility of your extended network in search. You’ll now be able to view full names and profiles for anyone in your extended network — 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree — a level of visibility previously available only to paid subscribers. Previously, you would have only seen the first names with last names obfuscated for some search results, but you’ll now be able to see full names and profiles of all results. This will help you find even more of the people you’re looking for, and get yourself found more in return.

This is great news! Right? Well … hold on.

Here’s the fine print:

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