Recently, I was invited to participate as a faculty member for the University of California, San Francisco's program on drug regulatory sciences, as I mentioned in this post.
I did not immediately update my LinkedIn profile to note my affiliation because I wanted to wait to see whether this would be an ongoing engagement or a one-time event. I was invited back, and it appears this will be an ongoing position. So, I updated my LinkedIn profile accordingly.*
Many people congratulated me on the affiliation, but by the second one, I noticed that LinkedIn had made it seem that I had changed jobs by changing the headline on my profile and posting the new affiliation above my position with Digitas Health LifeBrands.
I updated my profile again to change my headline back, and posted a corrective message to the congratulations stream indicating that I am still with DH LifeBrands, but since then I have received three new congratulatory messages talking about missing me from Philadelphia and hoping to catch up in San Francisco.
There has not been any harm done, and I'll simply have to reach out to some people individually to resolve the confusion, but it is an object lesson on the need to understand the intricacies of social media because minor errors can be difficult to correct, even for experienced users.
*Note that I am happy to connect via LinkedIn, but you have to tell me who you are, and how we know each other. I connect with people I meet or have an interaction with, but I do not accept blind invites from people I don't know. Just tell me you follow my blog to get a response.