LinkedIn today announced a new feature called Endorsements. The feature will allow LinkedIn members to endorse each others' skills and expertise.
Over on the LinkedIn Blog, LinkedIn Product Manager David Breger explained how the new feature will work. Users will be able to see their connections' recommended endorsements at the top of their profile and confirm that the person actually has those skills. Users can also add areas of expertise they believe their connection possesses. Endorsements can also be given from the Skills & Expertise section of a connection's profile. From the blog post:
Want to see who has endorsed you? We’ll notify you via email and on LinkedIn whenever you are endorsed. You can scroll to the bottom of your profile page under “Skills and Expertise” to see the faces of people who think you’re great at what you do. You can also accept any new skills recommended by your peers that you may not have thought to include on your profile. Or you can also add a new skill by clicking on “add a skill” on your profile page
The Endorsements feature launches today in English, but LinkedIn stated it will be available in all LinkedIn-supported languages in "the next few weeks." A Slideshare presentation accompanies the blog post and shows how the feature is meant to work: