Linked In
#346 Henry, Sunday, 19 June 2016 6:01 PM (Category: Work)
(Tags: linkedin)

I joined Linked In in 2009 when it was new. It was like Facebook for work. But it didn't really do anything for me. I think it has helped a lot of people get jobs and make contacts, and that's fine for them, but I haven't seen any benefit. I didn't make much effort joining and creating contacts and links and putting up profiles and doing all the regular things that you are expected to. My work situation is fairly stable, and quite busy, and I have not been looking for a job.

Linked In has irritated me, with a lot of nagging emails over the years, although I turned off notifications. That has been better last couple of years, but there were times when it got really annoying.

I've had a lot of my skills confirmed by other people, like my SQL Server skills, and my Microsoft products skills. These days, I wouldn't know how to fire up anything Microsoft, so I don't know how my non-existent skills in these fields got confirmed.

But it doesn't matter. I'm a few years away from retirement now. I think my job is reasonably secure for those last few years. If it wasn't, then I would just retire early. So I don't get any benefit from Linked In, and I don't want to participate any further. And recently, it got bought by Microsfoft. I don't really care about that, but it reminded me that I didn't really want to be in Linked In any more, so I went to delete my account. I couldn't see any reference to it when I logged on, so I did some research and found where it's kept.

Under Privacy and Settings, near the bottom, there's a link to Closing Your Account. They do a short exit interview and ask why you are leaving. I said I was retiring and didn't want it any more. Then for security I have to enter my password again, and there are two buttons - Back To Settings, and Close Account. But Close Account is greyed out and can't be clicked. So right now, it is not possible to close your Linked In account and leave. Perhaps while the Microsoft purchase is taking place, this is a special measure to keep the number of members at normal levels to keep the sale price stable. Or something.

So I can't leave. What can I do? I can poison my data. I am now a 77 year old banker from Philadelphia, with skills in banking and lying, and a work goal of retiring. I altered all my data. I can do that, even if I can't leave. I'll come back after the Microsoft purchase is concluded and see if I can delete my account then.