Delete your LinkedIn account
I deleted my LinkedIn account a few weeks ago. I was increasingly getting spammed from solicitors on the site, and all sorts of weird people kept writing to me with bogus requests. Plus the content I saw when I bothered to log in were consistently hyped up crap about magic bullets using big data. I’d had enough, even though I was mildly wistful about the job I’d once landed through the network.
And I have no personal vendetta against Microsoft, but clearly they have an agenda beyond simply connecting people and suggesting careers. At the very least, they want to expand their portfolio to social networking stuff so they’re not still living in the 1990’s. I also suspect they’ll submit the LinkedIn network to experiments to see how professionals respond to various marketing campaigns. Yuck.
I’m not saying that LinkedIn had motives that were perfectly aligned with its users, but I’m seeing this as a sever drop in alignment. I think it’s time to delete your LinkedIn account.