People are crazy and we are turning Linkedin recommendations and endorsements into a mixed bag of good, bad and ugly. Here are 11 bullet points for your consideration: Recommendations are only valuable if somebody reads them.  Most recommendations are of very little substance or value; little more than an endorsement.  Most hiring managers do NOT read recommendations posted on Linkedin.  Recommendations (given or received) are people that we truly know. They can be considered another level of Linkedin connection, even closer than 1st level.  Think of endorsements as votes.  But how do you know if an endorsement, recommendation or testimonial is true? You don’t, but 99 votes is significant.  Why not respond to those who endorse you?  When considering an invitation from someone you don’t know, look at their endorsements as an indicator of what others think of them.  Helpful to your connections is knowing exactly what you would like to be endorsed for.  The “skills and expertise” section on Linkedin – the skills you are endorsed for – is a brilliant tool to help you find your keywords.  Don’t trade recommendations or endorsements. If you ask for such, don’t bribe them with a “return the favor”.