Re: It's only the start
``This is going to turn in to Facebook. You can definitely see it coming.''
Too late. It already has. It's already here. The default ordering in your "feed" (or whatever LI is calling it these days) is "Top". I.e., "most popular" posts. Oh you can change it to "Recent" but you aren't able to make that your default for sorting your feed.
The feed is now littered with advertisements -- there's really no other word for them -- from people touting their employers loan offerings, come-ons for online classes, and completely random posts that are ``Trending in Chicago'', ``Trending in Linux', etc.'. The stuff that shows up in your feed is almost never related to the topics you told LI you'd like to follow. I'm guessing the writers of those posts paid to get them there. And all of these are accompanied by huge (and often pointless) photos or videos (thankfully not auto-playing).
And my all-time favorite turned-to-crap feature: Being able to see who has looked at your profile. At one time (long ago) this was pretty much always possible to see who visited your profile. Then you started seeing that some profile viewers had chosen to view using `private' mode. Upgrading to a premium membership was supposed to--according to the list of advantages that you'd see in the ``wouldn't you like to become a premium member'' messages--allow you to see who those viewers were and that actually worked for a while. Then, apparently, it became possible for some members to view profiles in ``super-secret private mode'' (for more $$$ undoubtedly) even when viewing profiles of premium members. Nowadays, most all you see are ``Someone in the ABC industry'' or ``Someone with the job title Recruiter''. Marvelous. I immediately discontinued my premium membership upon learning that.