I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and I finally decided to execute on what I knew was going to be the ultimate result: Closing down my LinkedIn profile.
I’d love to go into great depth and detail about the reasons why but I’m not sure many of them would necessarily apply, but I’ve distilled my decision into a few succinct reasons:
- LinkedIn has provided me absolutely zero value over the last 2 and a half years. Yes, I’ve been counting.
- I have not generated any conversations of significance, zero “leads” for more work and projects, and certainly no new relationships worth noting.
- I waste considerable time managing the requests as well as perusing the profiles that contain little content that I couldn’t otherwise get from the a basic Google Search.
It really is the last point that has gotten me the most upset since I’m spending more time managing a property than getting anything of value.
See, here’s my biggest issue: I have little time to manage things that provide no value. Every single email can quickly rabbit-trail me into something completely un-focused. In an effort to clamp down on wasted time I’m removing all distractions.
So, LinkedIn, you won’t be the first (or last) property that will be disappearing.
Sure, statistically you might saying that I’m losing a lot (so much so that they won’t allow me to manually delete it myself, I need to get “professional support” to get it closed! See screenshot below). Yes, I had reached the coveted “500+” connections, I had glowing character and professional references, and even was a featured Q/A member in their system adding my thoughts to the community on such topics as entrepreneurship, blogging, social media, and more.
But oh well.
On a sidenote I have seen a number of other trust-worthy people that I respect renounce the efficacy and value of LinkedIn citing is simply as a backward online resume with advertisements everywhere. It used to be quite “elite” in it’s culture but no longer does it have that sway.
It’s not that I’m against their growth as a business but I feel they’ve made some compromises on their core offering in an effort to build a profitable business. Too bad, I really did like you for a while.
Finally, I realized that a person can create a much more successful online resume and personal brand on their own; I don’t need to give anyone the keys to my curriculum vitae except myself, thank you, and I certainly don’t need you making money off my work history and experience.
What are your thoughts? Love to hear them.