Why I Decided to Quit Linkedin
After several years spent living and working abroad, In 2017 I decided to return to my home country (Macedonia) and get involved in the Startup community there. In order to get a better understanding of the current business trends at home I decided to log into LinkedIn quite frequently and try to find articles from business leaders in Macedonia.
However, quickly I realized that there are not many articles available on LinkedIn from thought leaders in Macedonia. So, I decided to start posting articles about business in order to help drive the creation of original business related content from people in my home country.
My articles became very popular! I became an instant hit and my articles received many likes and comments. Many people found my articles interesting and engaging, and consequently I received about 2,000 invitations to connect in a short time period of about one month!
I joined Linked in 2010, but up until last month I only logged into it once in a while because I didn’t like the fact that LinkedIn makes you pay to communicate (InMail). However, after the success of my initial articles I started to see LinkedIn as a potentially valuable platform for sharing professional opinions.
Then, all of a sudden LinkedIn decided to “temporarily restrict” my account due to high level of activity. I was like WTF?!?!?! Aren’t social networks supposed to be all about engagement and ACTIVITY??? I think it is the most stupid thing to do for a social network to restrict people for being active.
So, I tried to call LinkedIn to get this issue resolved. I googled the LinkedIn’s customer support number and I found a number (1–855–770–7790) on one online forum. I called this number and apparently I got routed to a scam artist because they tried to charge me to un-restrict my account!!! Of course I did not pay and just I hanged up. It turned out that LinkedIn actually does not have a number that members of the community can use to get in touch so scam artists have apparently decided to profit off this.
Then, after a couple of days I received an email from a LinkedIn employee named “Anastasia” who asked me to send them a copy of my passport in order to un-restrict my account. REALLY?!?!?!
I value my personal information and I would not send a copy of my personal ID to a company that does not have any right to see, use, or store my personal information (especially after my experience with the scammer). And, more importantly…. I do not want to be pat of a social network that does not value the contribution of its members, flags them as “too active” and charges them to send messages to each other (InMail). I suppose LinkedIn is a good solution only for people who do not want to be active and people who do not want to communicate. I am not sure if LinkedIn has always been like this or it has become this way after it got purchased by Microsoft.
My experience with the archaic values of LinkedIn thought me a valuable lesson. The world needs a LinkedIn alternative!!! We need a professional network that values it members, values thought leadership and offers free collaboration. I think this is a huge business opportunity for a startup.
MySpace was the LinkedIn of the days about 10 years ago. We all know what happened to MySpace when it got bought by a big corporation. I am anxiously waiting for the LinkedIn alternative that will do the same to LinkedIn that Facebook did to MySpace!!!