I have a Linked In account and it keeps finding suggested connections for me. The odd thing is they are dead on - people I know and have worked with in some capacity, but none of it is obvious. Examples include:
- A guy that applied for a position at my institution
- A guy that is in charge of another company I did research with
- A guy I wrote a peer-reviewed article with
The third one, I could understand, there must be some kind of pubmed crawler that would find that. The other two, I have no idea how it would make the connection, as there is nothing on the internet anywhere directly linking our names together. I even did a google search for my name combined with either of their names and nothing came up.
I would not be surprised if Linked In sent me dozens of potential connections and a few of them made sense, but they only send me a handful, and all of them are relevant.