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Thank you for your follow up. My focus was to comment on your article about “Quitting LinkedIn”, and not to state a position on LinkedIn. My message is from my experience, both good and bad. I interacted on LinkedIn for 7 months, where I spent hours building my profile. Then I saw a pattern of “unknown”, to me, global LinkedIn members out of my network viewing my business connections. So I deactivated my profile. And I went old school, by canvassing B2B, B2C in my local town, speaking to C-level managers, and closing business offline. And although I do "not" use social media to promote myself, I understand the value for high profile web applications who need to hire a PR, and Marketing Company with a product meant for mass consumption, and in most cases it is my opinion that social media is the correct venue within this high profile algorithm.
I landed onto your blog, because a friend of mine, copied a link back to this website and posted it onto their twitter page. So, although I am “not” using social media as an application to promote my business contacts, I do appreciate the information highway.
However, I first had to state the cons, before your article gave mention to, and to quote you, “After all, these are just marketing tools. The rest of the sales process is up to each individual to control and master and, certainly, no online tool can ever replace the power of face-to-face interactions”
Thank You, and I wish you only the best.
Quitting LinkedIn step number 7, and beyond….Consider deleting your unique content before you deactivate your profile, otherwise it remains in cache, but you can no longer navigate your unique data, or control how it is used. For example most likely the content will continue to be syndicated by 3PL, and web crawlers, that will repost this content within random directories, and are now selling this content as it populates in search queries to those interested in buying it. My experience in ecommerce and LinkedIn is that web developers use business social media as a platform to follow their peer’s business strategies and past employee career paths. But savvy Internet programmers would "not" place private unique data on this open sourced platform, because there is no privacy, nor is there a privacy provision should one attempt to challenge the user agreement. The intuitive software is not difficult to deactivate; the separation is psychological attachment to this profile also known as "ego". Understandably so when we consider the time investment that the end user has dedicated to the completion of their profile in an effort to receive a 100% completion score from the software program. And what about all of the recommendations received surely that would be a loss to close your account and lose the convenience to access this feature. And then there is the prestige of having 500+connections and the high profile image that LinkedIn sales and marketing promotes as being the ideal for social media. But how productive is our time spent building a LinkedIn profile, compared to closing a face to face business acquisition, where you can get the contract signed, or fulfill whatever business objective applies to your endeavors?