Closed my LinkedIn account

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A bunch of posts on Planet Mozilla reminded me that there is still one social network that I am a member of. So it was time to reconsider whether having a LinkedIn account was worth it.

Pros:

  • I get to play the same “I have sooooo many contacts” game as everybody else.
  • I have a place to remind me of people who I worked with 10 years ago but who weren’t interesting enough to remember.
  • If I need to point somebody to my past experience I can simply give them a link (not that I’ve ever done that).
  • My friends get informed about my career advancements without having to talk to me.
  • There is a chance that I will get a great job offer because somebody sees my LinkedIn profile and is impressed (unfortunately, the chance to get contacted by a head hunter who simply contacts everybody is significantly higher).
  • LinkedIn shows somewhat more respect for my privacy than Facebook and most other social networks.

Cons:

  • My profile page keeps nagging me about my profile being “incomplete”. No, that page already has too much of my information and I’m not feeding it more.
  • I regularly get invitations to connect to some people who I don’t know. I used to answer, then I gave up and started ignoring them. But to ignore I have to log in and click “Ignore”, otherwise LinkedIn will continue sending me reminders. So I changed the settings to allow requests only from people knowing my email address. With my email address not exactly hard to find some are still coming through however.
  • LinkedIn just confirmed leaking at least 6.5 million user passwords. And they seriously used unsalted hashes. Now I use a unique password for each site but having my friends spammed through my LinkedIn account still wouldn’t be great.
  • Did I really say that they respect my privacy? At least their mobile app doesn’t and the official explanation doesn’t sound too plausible.

Having considered all this I decided to close my LinkedIn account. Has been fun eight years ago when I opened it, not any more. If you need to get in touch with me — there are still plenty of ways.

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Comments

  1. Pirlouy

    Selfish. It means you don’t and probably did never care about the life of your “friends”. :D
    Kidding of course, but it’s a point to consider when closing an account.

  2. Szero

    The truth is always eager to be hidden.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    As it says above the comment form: “Please note that comments not related to this blog post will be removed.” And – if you wanted a reply you should have at least entered an email address (or simply sent me an email).

  3. Anon

    Worse, their website is asking me to enter my email password on a non-SSL page.

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