Should GovLoop Open Member Profiles?

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This topic contains 28 replies, has 21 voices, and was last updated by  Christopher Whitaker 9 years, 11 months ago.

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  • #135553

    Occasionally, I Google myself – you know, just to see what comes up. Usually, it’s LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles, followed by a couple other random places where I have a presence on the web…like GovLoop. You can see the search results to the right.

    Note that my GovLoop profile shows up at a #5 rank. Now I know that I am far more active on GovLoop than any of these other places, so you’d think it would show up higher, right? Certainly, one of the reasons it’s lower is that LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have better SEO than GovLoop. But another reason is that GovLoop has kept its Member Profiles closed so that search engine crawlers do not find them as easily. We’ve done that to protect members’ privacy.

    But as we provide more programs and services like Rock Your Resume, the GovLoop Mentors Program and career-related training, I am wondering if members would LIKE for their GovLoop profiles to be found more easily. So here’s my question for you:

    Would you like GovLoop Member Profiles to be open so that your activity here is more discoverable?

    Would that be advantageous for you and your career?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insight!

  • #135609

    I link my profile in my LinkedIN and my twitter bio anyway – it’s fine by me

  • #135607

    Stephanie Slade

    I’m always in favor of making information about me easily discoverable, if for no other reason than to drown out less-than-favorable information on people with the same name!

  • #135605

    Terrence Hill

    I agree that opening up my GovLoop profile would be a good thing. As a government employee, I’m used to transparency and accountability. Go for it!

  • #135603

    Steve Lunceford


  • #135601

    I would like it as a restricted option. Let me opt-in to these avenues. Also, allow me to receive notifications when my data is being accessed.

  • #135599

    Adam Arthur

    I like the idea of people having to join GovLoop first, before they can get in on most of the action. It’s kind of like having to show my federal ID before I can walk past the security guard – you need to be one of us. True, you can just make up an identity, but most people don’t do that – they instinctively fill out the form with their most basic information. What makes it even easier is all of the profile integration options from other sites – (Google, twitter, etc.). GovLoop, to me, is all about the community feel aspect – I don’t feel that on LinkedIn, FaceBook or Twitter. Sure, they have their purposes, but nothing is quite like GovLoop.

  • #135597

    Gadi Ben-Yehuda

    No one knows I write on GovLoop, and if my employer ever found out. . .

    Kidding. Yeah, open it up!

  • #135595



    I like to have my privacy protected and don’t want my postings, etc. hijacked. Just my two cents.

  • #135593

    Bill Brantley

    Open is fine with me but it should be an opt-in setting because I think many on GovLoop would like the choice. On a related note, what is GovLoop’s policy concerning selling of member information to third parties as a result of this change? Just asking for clarification. Thanks.

  • #135591

    Henry Brown

    Would suggest that the option be given to “opt in”

  • #135589

    Angel Delgado

    If you can make it optional, sure!

  • #135587

    Sam Allgood

    Open it … with opt-in option.

  • #135585


    I agree with the “opt-in” idea. I am concerned about potential misuse of information.

  • #135583

    Chris IRS Recruiter

    I like the op-in idea. If you did open them up it would be a great way for us to increase our profile visibility, and get recruitment messages out to an even larger audience.

  • #135581

    Victoria Aleman

    If the consensus is open, then please have the opt-in available. Personally, I’d rather not. As one other person mentioned, there’s a different feel to this community and opening up profiles would change that. If people want to find me or information about me, they can find it on Facebook or LinkedIn or wherever else on the web.

  • #135579

    Diedre Tillery

    I agree – opening it is a good idea as an opt-in option.

  • #135577

    Bill – GovLoop does not sell member information to third parties. Period. End of story. We consider that proprietary information and protect it very carefully.

  • #135575

    Denise Petet

    I’d like it to have an opt in/opt out option. Simply because while some will use the profiles for good, there’ll be the inevitable data miner that’ll just love to get all those e-mail addresses or information.

  • #135573

    Bill Brantley

    Thanks. I hope I didn’t come across as harsh but I was one of the folks recently stung by the DropBox policy change. Just being cautious. 🙂

  • #135571

    Daniel Bevarly

    James has the correct response. It should be a member option. After all, Govloop is not a government agency, but a social network (and a darn fine one, too).

  • #135569

    @Julie. Hi Julie. Yes. It would “get recruitment messages out to an even larger audience”. Keep in mind that this “larger audience” is a double edged sword. There will be a positive and a negative swing. Will the pluses outweigh the minuses? Rather than swing the proverbial opt-in floodgate wide, can we develop processes that will control the opt-in process? Just throwing something out there. Thanks.

  • #135567

    @Susan. This is a valid concern. Some of the GovLoopers are still active employees. Others are retired but still have strong connections to active employees.

  • #135565

    @Bill. That’s good to know. Especially for newcomers such as myself.

  • #135563

    Dick Davies

    GovLoop is not a closed community. My observation is that GovLoop is a global hub for people with interest in government infrastructure, and that you have impressive coverage in that group.

    Are you looking to accomplish something else?

    Twitter is my people search engine. Google Maps for directions. If you blunt the focus of your tool, you create an opportunity to devalue your community.

    Bettter to provide more value for people with an interest in government infrastructure.

  • #135561

    Michelle Mullin

    DropBox is now selling our information to third parties? I didn’t realize that. May have to re-consider my usage of that service…

  • #135559

    John van Santen

    Personally, I do not wish to have my profile made public by policy – although I am not opposed to an opt-in process. I am already concerned that GovLoop has morphed into “government contractor and HR personnel recruiter-Loop”; so I debate dropping membership but am restrained by the lack of a pure-government alternative (I mean *.gov/*.mil e-mail addresses).

  • #135557

    Angel Delgado

    I second John’s comment!

  • #135555


    I have to reiterate that I do not want my information made public. There should definitely be an opt-in feature. The potential for abuse by hackers and their ilk is too great. If information were made public without an opt-in or privacy feature, I would have to reconsider my GovLoop membership.

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