I quit LinkedIn because it became annoying and borderline toxic. LinkedIn became Twitter with no character limit.
If LinkedIn doesn’t bring you joy anymore, maybe you should consider deleting your profile too.
Why I Joined LinkedIn
I joined LinkedIn when I was a job seeker about five years ago. I expected potential employers to google me, and if I didn’t have a LinkedIn profile, I thought it would look weird.
Fast forward five years, and I’m no longer a job seeker.
But I left my LinkedIn profile up in case potential clients googled me.
Also, I enjoyed reading updates about my friend’s careers and reading the articles my colleagues wrote about various work-related topics.
Still, I always thought the platform was sort of silly in that it persuades you NOT to look at profiles. Nobody wants the person you are checking out to be notified you looked at their profile. Hence, people avoid looking at profiles, which makes no sense since the whole platform is supposed to be a social resume board. Still, I digress.
I Quit LinkedIn Today
LinkedIn started getting annoying this year. Here’s what happened:
· Status updates about work anniversaries LinkedIn automatically posts.
· Status updates from people saying how their life has turned around after one day on the new job.
· Fake gurus.
· The Ted Talk guy.
· The like for like culture.
· The status updates about downsizing your staff, which is a weird brag, but also, “the worst day of [your] life.”
· The over-commentator who inevitably fills up my feed with irrelevant posts.
· The dude that’s trying to become an influencer, posting long self-help updates every day, and his wannabe influencer buddies who like for like.
· The non-work-related updates (baby photos, really?).
· The fact it felt like a chore to make an update or comment or like a post every so often. Am I an asshole if I don’t like your update that you graduated from business school?
· The recommendations to follow veiled corporate accounts masquerading as, for example, Bill Gates’ or Warren Buffet’s personal profile.
· The boomer-tier memes.
· The endless amount of recruiters, many of whom didn’t do their homework.
· The spam from service providers like accountants and realtors.
· The messages from people asking for free work.
· The constant complaints about something (which is ironic, seeing how this whole post is a complaint).
· The cancel culture. The concept of permanently taking away someone’s livelihood with a status update instead of due process goes against my instincts as an employment lawyer.
But what finally killed LinkedIn for me was the downward spiral my feed had become, consisting of more and more politics and decisiveness.
The culture that made Twitter terrible had arrived on LinkedIn, so I quit.
I encourage everyone to stick to happy social media like Instagram and particular Facebook groups with solid moderation and delete every other account that doesn’t bring joy.
If you are worried about recruiters Googling you and then not finding you on LinkedIn, start a YouTube channel, blog or personal website. Google will lead them there.