These skills ranged from operational excellence, Web content management, STEM advocacy, online marketing, and open source (yes I work with a lot of techie folks); I wasn’t sure what was going on.
Checking the LinkedIn blog I learned of a new feature called Endorsements, where users could give their peers a shout out for specific skills and expertise.
Once a skill or expertise of yours is endorsed, you receive a point for that particular talent. The profile pic of the connection that gave you a +1 on that skill will appear under an endorsements tab in your profile. Ideally, endorsements look to create a Klout-esque experience on LinkedIn, a way for you to not only tout your skills and abilities, but also a chance to prove your chops with an affirmation of those in your social network.
For me, this feature falls flat.