Leaving LinkedIn

I deleted my LinkedIn network profile on Monday.  If you were in my network, it’s nothing personal.  The news of the password hacks on LinkedIn’s site the previous week had depressed me.  It seemed so painfully stupid an oversight to store so many passwords in such an insecure manner.

Not that it was the password hack that pushed me over the edge.  It was the growing realization that being on LinkedIn meant absolutely nothing to me.  I had gone through the whole profile building, adding resume information, connecting with a few hundred people, embedding my (other) blog, and so on.  My profile was there and frequently visited, by people I might or might not know and for who knows what reasons.  At heart, LinkedIn didn’t act as a hub for my network, which is really a series of smaller more distinct networks that exist in other arenas and technologies.  The increasing connection requests from people I had never heard of were also indicative that LinkedIn has shifted from its initial focus of making professional connections relevant.

But, like other social profile sites, it seemed to be just another place to duplicate information I keep up to date on this Web site, to visually represent the people with whom I am connected off the site, and to be a dumping ground for social information I generate elsewhere, like on Twitter.  In the end, the pointlessness of being on LinkedIn, combined with the stupidity of the company, created a malaise.  In that funk, I decided to give LinkedIn a miss and dumped it in the same pile as Facebook, another site I am not “on”.

People who want to find me can Google me and locate me in a number of other ways, especially by referral from someone in my network.  No need for LinkedIn to help that happen.  The reality is that my real network tends to interact far more frequently off LinkedIn than on and now I can eliminate one more social networking site from the list of potential security weak links in my online chain of accounts.

Update:  I tried LinkedIn again, from 2015 to 2017 but found that most of my network wasn’t on there, and that much of the interaction was sales-lead related and not useful for me from a career or professional perspective.  So I’m now off again.

3 thoughts on “Leaving LinkedIn

  1. Like you, I never saw the point in LinkedIn. I left a few months ago, realizing that I never had any increased chance of finding a job by being on the site. I had a well developed profile, connections, and all that one says is important for being on the site, but I never saw any return for the investment of time I had put into my LinkedIn profile. I came to the conclusion its another social networking gimmick and am glad to have ridden myself of it.

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  2. David, Your POV makes total sense when LinkedIn is viewed as just another internet tool.

    But I must be a softie HR type because I love those “suggested” connections on LinkedIn. I see them as (gasp) actual human beings who I may know or forgotten or would like to know. Just yesterday, I saw the name of a lawyer who used to advise me on employment matters. After a LinkedIn message, we are now catching up, not because of business, but because he is a cool human being.

    You hit the nail on the head when you wrote “The increasing connection requests from people I had never heard of were also indicative that LinkedIn has shifted from its initial focus of making professional connections relevant.” Sending a connection request without a personal note — Miss Manners would not approve! Hmm, is there such an animal as lacking “on line people skills.”

    Your site looks really interesting, I’ll check it out.

    Take care, Nancy

    PS I’d offer to connect on LinkedIn but….

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