I “signed up” for this service as I was sent an “invitation” by a friend. I see now that the system has a feature where you type in your e-mail address and password, and it automatically sends invitations to all of your contacts in your e-mail list.
But I did not know that at the time. I thought my friend wanted me to join for personal reasons. I did not want to lose a friendship over this, so I signed up. No doubt she signed up for similar reasons (She works for a high tech company, and I see that a lot of her co-workers are on the site - perhaps they run it?).
I am semi-retired and really don’t want links or opportunities or headhunter calls or e-mails or whatever from linkedin. I just want to be left alone. I get way too much work as it is, and my biggest problem is turning away work, not trolling for more. Clients I have. You want 'em? Please take them.
I clicked on the “delete my account” and they send an e-mail that they will get back to me in 3 days or something. I do not do business with companies that have policies like this. If someone is deceitful from the get-go, don’t act all shocked when you are screwed down the road. Any relationship that starts with deceit can only go downhill. Honesty speaks volumes, and Linkedin is not being totally honest when they hook you into “joining”.
I left my profile mostly blank, but I am still receiving invitations from people I don’t know, and I am “linked” to 1,687 people I’ve never heard of.
This is sort of phoney. A real word-of-mouth referral is based on personal knowledge of that person, not some made-up relationship or phantom links.
The deal is that Linkedin advertises “11 million subscribers” but in reality, I suspect a lot of the “members” are like me, who signed up just to appease a friend (or so we thought) and not piss them off.
I strongly suspect the “positive” comments on this blog are from Linkedin employees.
Frankly, online social networking is a total waste of time. I’d rather being actually doing something with real people than playing games with a computer. FWIW.