Seemingly endless emails with Linkedin customer support now leaving me in a very, very bad mood… I’ve been a user of Linkedin pretty much since it started, long before Facebook even existed, and in the main think it is a valuable asset… until this last few weeks.
Aside from being a great networking tool for people they have been creating more opportunities to showcase and connect to organisations with their ‘company pages’.
This is very useful as you can follow those companies etc and their people, however upon trying to update our page I find that we are not authorised to do this as someone else has registered the page!
Apparently it’s a first past the post system, already well known for ruining democracy and now frustrating people like myself all over the world. As long as you are the first person to bag a page then you can register as any company of your choice, and do what you like with it. The system (and Linkedin customer service) will then block everyone from the real company from accessing their company page
Their advice to me? set up another company page called Ostomy Lifestyle UK and then transfer our staff and volunteers to that – sorry Linkedin, this is not the name of our charity and an utterly riduculous suggestion.
Try it for yourself – why not add a company and see who you can pretend to be? I set up a Linkedin UK page as my own, but funnily enough they were able to repair the ‘error’. Still waiting for our own page to get sorted…