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Delete your LinkedIn account

June 13, 2016

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.

Well, I’m glad I quit, because I just learned that Microsoft has made an offer for LinkedIn for $26 billion. What this means is that all that social data, the professional contacts and so on that people have built up over years and years, is being handed over to a huge and powerful corporation that can change the privacy policy whenever they’d like, it seems. This is data that people protect as personally valuable individually; it is clearly quite valuable more generally.

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.

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  1. June 13, 2016 at 9:17 am

    If Microsoft do buy LinkedIn, I hope they can stop me receiving requests to connect to some complete stranger even though I’ve never had an account with them.

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  2. June 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

    yeah, it’s kind of depressing, but I think all privacy is set to disappear in the future. Generations are rising who want (and are accustomed to) “free” services, and are willing to sell their souls to get it.
    And on a different front, terrorism will probably drive us to a mass surveillance society as well, giving up more freedoms and privacy, in the hope of safety.


  3. DJ
    June 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I’ve never had a LinkedIn account; they were clearly up to no good even before the Microsoft news. But in a lot of careers it’s basically impossible to compete these days without LinkedIn. I’m not sure how to solve that problem.


    • jack williams
      June 15, 2016 at 12:39 am

      create a fake account – thats what I did


  4. June 13, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hi Cathy,

    Sorry for the EconSpeak, but I don’t think that is a rational decision for all your followers. LinkedIn is an acquired taste, but one of the very few really worldwide mature and up-to-date professional link-and-share services where you (still) retain the copyright of your contributions. I support their research into data based follow-on suggestions for links, which have helped me a lot over the years, especially in tracking former colleages, classmates and graduate(d) students. I hope MSFTs chief data economist Susan Athey has advised positively on the deal. It is a goldmine for innovative research of all sorts on a very interesting community. My 2c tips: never let LinkedIn use your contacts or your calendar. Keep your LinkedIn mail addresses strictly separate from your personal mail servers. Check your account once a week.

    But I have been worried by Elsevier’s deal with the academic link-and-share service Mendeley.


  5. June 13, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I rage-quit LinkedIn in Oct 2013. After my repeatedly telling them, no you may NOT scrape my GMail contacts… they did it anyway. Typos and all, which is how I knew!

    Never regretted it.


  6. Carolyn
    June 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for this post; I had completely forgotten about my LinkedIn account. I am retired and even though I do free lance work I do not need any new clients and there is no reason for my work/life history to be out there. Deleted.


  7. kew100
    June 13, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Glad to have you part of the de-LinkedIn community! I deleted mine awhile back and I told people I had. The shocked look on their faces — you have destroyed your working career was the most common response — was priceless.


  8. Mel
    June 13, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I always figured my LinkedIn page was kind of a public brochure. Nothing I want private went out there, I think. My prediction is, though, that LinkedIn will stop being useful for anything except Microsoft’s own uses. So.


    • June 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Same here. Frankly, LinkedIn hasn’t been particularly useful for either recruiting new hires or getting recruited myself. Word of mouth and headhunters outperform LinkedIn by wide margins.

      Not immediately recalling LinkedIn’s privacy policy, what info are they entitled to retain if I delete my account? (Going to investigate now…)


  9. Crprod
    June 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

    The emailed lists of suggested job openings have been a constant source of humor, the best being a Porsche technician. The calls about job openings ceased after I explained that I was sixty-eight, unwilling to relocate, and likely to retire in the near future. The only good part was reestablishing contact with people I hadn’t caught up with in a long time.


  10. June 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Do have control over the “Share this” links at the bottom of your post? Because one of them is LinkedIn.


  11. jack williams
    June 15, 2016 at 12:45 am

    linkedin is one of the most insidious sites on the internet. in the book ‘social engineering – the art of human hacking’ linkedin is described as an absolute godsend to hackers.

    also it has one of the most shambolic interfaces i’ve ever had the misfortune to cast my eyes upon.

    Click to access The_Art_of_Human_Hacking.pdf


  12. June 15, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Just got rid of mine. Didn’t do any good for me anyway (niche QA position), so one less source of data scraping for MS. Not that they’ll miss me, with all the other sources on the inter-webs…


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