Way back in April I uploaded an entry talking about how there were too many social networking websites out there. Well, this topic has been in my mind again lately. If you go back and read that entry from April, you’ll see that I had just deleted my Plaxo account because it was useless. Also in that entry you’ll find this:
I’ve begun to think about whether or not my LinkedIn profile is even worth it. LinkedIn is supposed to be for people who are trying to reconnect, but generally in a business sense. However, Facebook pretty much offers the same service. So I’m not sure if it’s worth it to keep a LinkedIn page up and running. Sure, I have some nice recommendations of my work on the LinkedIn page, but I can always get that somewhere on Facebook.
Well, this post is being written on the heels of deleting my account at LinkedIn. Overall, I just didn’t see the need to try to maintain an additional networking “profile” at LinkedIn. Yes, I had a lot of “connections,” but I didn’t see much of a value in the LinkedIn membership. Everyone who I was connected to was either someone that I was already connected to on Facebook or someone from my fraternity that I never met because he went to a school out in the Midwest or the West Coast. Sure, it’s cool that we were in the same organization, but if you’re connecting with me on LinkedIn and you’re either out of work or engaged in a career that doesn’t cross mine at all, then it’s really a useless connection.
Side note – I had so many connections that I couldn’t automatically delete my account! Apparently, if you have more than 100 connections (I think I had 105), an actual human being has to okay the deletion of your account. For some reason I find that interesting.
That’s another social networking site down…which one could be next?