Leaving LinkedIn is easy and fun

June 14, 2013 by Joshua
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A year or so ago I left Facebook, starting a nationwide and even global trend for others to leave it too, stating that leaving Facebook was easy and fun. Yes, I was the one who started that trend. Leaving wasn’t popular yet then. Rereading that post, I see that I never logged back in to say goodbye to my connections there.

I haven’t missed a moment there. On the contrary, it feels weird when people talk about it because it feels like a relic from another age. When I see someone else using it, I see how much it draws you in, especially with those small but impossible-to-miss message waiting signs.

Lately I’ve read a bunch of posts about LinkedIn’s creepiness. I hardly used LinkedIn and couldn’t figure out what it was for. All it got me was tons of connection requests from people I didn’t know. I kept trying to figure out what to do with them.

A few people told me they connected to people through LinkedIn, but they seemed the exception. All these random requests took time with no benefit.

I couldn’t see any benefit to LinkedIn and I did see time lost.

Since Facebook was easy and fun to leave, could LinkedIn be just as easy and fun to leave?

As I wondered what I might lose closing my account, I figured it would be. I mean, I didn’t miss Facebook enough even to remember to email people I left.

So I stopped wondering and just deleted my LinkedIn account. I’m dating this post a month after I’m writing it, so if I don’t put an EDIT saying otherwise below, it means after a month I didn’t lose anything in dropping the account.

More likely I will have gained free time and less interaction with a creepy company.

EDIT: LinkedIn has kept emailing me that people are trying to connect with my account, so it seems to be available still. I searched for how to stop that and found others had had the same problem. I had to go to LinkedIn’s site (not logging in!) to request them to stop and actually close my account. I haven’t heard back from them so I’m not sure if they honored my request.

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8 responses on “Leaving LinkedIn is easy and fun

  1. For people who are not self employed but have a job and more importantly are looking for another job via the time honored means of so called networking the calculation of leaving LinkedIn should be slightly more complicated. From my job search over the last four months I can tell you that the population as a whole has outsourced our collective rolodex to linkedIn. Whether we like it or not is one question but pretty much the way I reach out to the people I meet in my networking is via linkedIn. I have no objection to leaving LinkedIn other than how would I manage my job search if I did? If I was self employed or independently wealthy that would be an option. 😉

    • The site certainly benefits many, and for many of them the benefits outweigh the costs.

      I think many people could improve their lives without it, with more face to face interactions. I find one minute of a face to face interaction covers more than a month of interacting online, so I prefer more in-person contact.

      • I could not agree more about the value of face to face interaction! I just do not think that social media is replacing the face to face interactions. I think social media is replaceing and changing the phone conversation. But perhaps I do not have enough data points, perhaps I just do not know enough millennials.

        • Even phone conversations I find more useful than online. They are much higher bandwidth, allowing non-verbal communication.

          I’m not saying online communication and job searching is useless. For many industries it may have become essential. I don’t know. I do know that it sucked time from my life that I found better served with direct communication and I don’t think there’s anything special about me.

          But I’m not trying to tell people what to do or what’s right for them. Only trying to share a perspective not as commonly voiced today.

  2. None .. I’ve only ever had people try to sell me resumés and services from it

  3. Just googled your name and LinkedIn and found this post next to your comprehensive LinkedIn profile! So guess you did come back to it after all 😉

    • Preparing for my book launch, people with marketing experience advised me to use the site. I’m still mixed on its value, but I see it more as a business relationship that takes time from other things than a networking tool with social value.

      I still feel weird using it and prefer face-to-face, video chat, phone, or email.

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