According to LinkedIn, there are:

347,000,000+ Registered Members
111,000,000+ in the United States
28,000,000+ in India
20,000,000+ in Brazil
17,000,000+ in the UK

…and among all these “registered members” there are 8 “real” people who go by the name Beavis Butthead.

Heh-heh, heh-heh.

Many of the Top 50 Cartoon Characters “judged for their influence, their popularity, and their hilarity” also have a professional persona as identified with profiles on LinkedIn! Here are a few of the Cartoonish professionals with profiles:

Bugs Bunny: 6

Homer Simpson: 11

Mickey Mouse: 30

Bart Simpson: 191

Charlie Brown: ~7 (but tough to say; I know a Charlie Brown and he doesn’t wear zip-zag shirts)

Fred Flintstone: 14 (there are a few real Fred’s around; and of course there are 2 for Barney Rubble)

The Grinch: 4

Popeye: 12 (added sailor OR sailorman to keywords)

Wile E. Coyote: 29 (added wile OR "Wile e" OR wiley in the title field)

Rocky Bullwinkle: 2

Sponge Bob: 51 (first = "sponge bob" OR sponge; last = bob OR squarepants OR "square pants")

Eric Cartman: 107 (but there are several real ones out there)

Daffy Duck: 3 (first = daffey OR daffy, last = duck)

Porky Pig: 2 (first = porky OR porkie OR porkey; last = pig; 150 when first = porky OR porkie OR porkey; last = null – many are real)

Scooby Doo and Shaggy: 5 (Scooby Doo) and 7 (“Scooby Doo” as first name with last name blank; with “Shaggy” as the first name with last name blank produces 375 results with name of the latter ones being of the “interesting” type)

Mr. Magoo: 34 (first = "Mr. Magoo" OR "Mister Magoo" last = null; first = “mister” OR mr, last = magoo)

Fat Albert: Hey, Hey, Hey…ZERO!

Betty Boop: 33 (first = betty, last = boop; with first = "Betty Boop", last = null, there are 32 more – some real!)

George Jetson: 2 (one might be a real person)

Pink Panther: 4

Gumby: 2 (first = gumby, last = pokey)

Speaking of Gumby, damn it I’m getting bored of this. You get the picture; I’ll leave it up to others to delve into other areas like Presidents, World Leaders, Hollywood characters (there are 103 Darth Vaders but only 12 Luke Skywalkers – guess the Force loses), Musicians (there are 43 Elvis Presleys), and TV characters (78 for Barney Stinson and 113 for George Costanza).

It all adds up to one incredible professional networking site.

This is a big deal. It’s big because we’re paying for you to create marketing programs claiming there are all these real members on LinkedIn when in fact that is a bold-faced lie. Plain and simple, it’s bait and switch.

LinkedIn – we’re laughing at you, not because we believe your entire product is a fraud but because your marketing is disingenuous. Every day you stay silent, every day another fraudulent person attempts to connect with us, and every day we’re forced to do the work of your Trust and Safety team, our opinion of you and your product diminishes.

Rationalize your member base; publicly state that the problem is a threat to the spirit of the product and that you’ll be going after those who create fake profiles and abuse the goodwill of the community. Don’t be afraid that Analysts will downgrade your stock or that advertisers will leave; they won’t if your initiative is about honesty and customer experience.

Do me a favor – reach out to me. Not a low-level professional but someone who can actually make changes. How aboutPaul Rockwell (@risk_yoda)? Stop hiding behind your painfully annoying “we take this very seriously” responses to us reporting fake profiles, and send in one of your executives to face the problem and work with the community that built you – recruiters.

Come in for an interview on RecruitingBlogs – I promise we won’t ambush you. We can work on a solution together.

Time for LinkedIn to man up and stop being a butthead…

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Comment by Matt Charney on June 25, 2015 at 4:08pm

OK, so you're trolling the Evil Empire, and you know I have to get in on the damn game. Rumor is $LNKD about to buy Cornerstone OnDemand $CSOD and become an "integrated talent management" (barf) play. If it's true, then @risk_yoda has to pay attention to this post.

Comment by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 4:14pm

That's some news there... What jumps out to me is the possibility that LinkedIn already has malware in its blood and integrating with talent management systems will only further spread viruses. But hey, Trust and Safety is working on it!

Comment by Jeff Newman on June 25, 2015 at 4:57pm

I am glad you used cartoon characters to keep it classy. 40 "people" whose first name is douche. Only 4 who have the first name Docuhebag though. 799 with the first name "Cock". 

Comment by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 5:01pm

Newman, keep the first name blank but type in douchebag for the last name. Different story.

And please don't search for profiles with job title = cunt...

Comment by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 5:10pm

Yogi Bear

Boo Boo <- 191

Woody Woodpecker

Road Runner <- 55 (some might be companies)

It goes on and adds up

Comment by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 5:22pm

Comment by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 5:54pm

Does this qualify as a cartoon character? linkd.in/1HjJi5b

Comment by Stephen Rath on June 25, 2015 at 7:08pm

Seriously - My Buttcrack is a profile?  Even my 7 yr old knows that's not legit... wow - Nice job Steve.

Comment by Tom Bolt on June 25, 2015 at 9:20pm

The LinkedIners who have had the full regimen of Kool-Aid will point out that even though there are a boatload of fake accounts they are only a small margin of the total population... whatever that is. As I pointed out in one of those too-long Facebooks threads that brings out LI staffers ire, it's not about the numbers. The docile paying member remains silent and doesn't cause trouble. The flurry of fake free accounts causes big trouble! In one group with 6,000 members about 3.5% of the group members were fake accounts. Insignificant? Nope! On any given day as many as 50% of the posts within the group were off topic and selling pyramid schemes and work-from-home scams. The vocal few can dilute the whole population... and they do.

Comment by Steve Levy on June 26, 2015 at 1:04pm

There are 7,547 profiles for John Doe & 3,045 profiles for Jane Doe...

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