So... I've managed to develop a deep disdain for LinkedIn, to the point where I won't even use it any more. If someone uses it to contact me, I'll work out their email and contact them directly instead of via the platform. Soulless blech.
@resist1984 fair call. I always go "open first" and second, I sometimes include the network-effect proprietary platform to avoid finding myself in a lonely (initially) echo chamber... but I agree, LinkedIn sucks enough that I don't want to benefit from whatever social capital I have there...
@humanetech @lightweight @alexesc There is also a practical problem with having a minimum profile on #LinkedIn: inactive profiles give employers the impression of someone who is unmotivated & out of touch. So a minimum profile that isn't continuously updated with new activity actually works against you. You give up both ethics & self-promotion in this case (iow, worst of both worlds).
In my thinking prior to closing my LinkedIn account, though, I've decided that for professional networks to be authentic I have to have IRL relationships with people, not just digital interaction... so I'm leaning towards going old-school :)
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