I don’t have a LinkedIn account, which some people find to be a bit
strange. I’d like to talk a bit about that.
As a software engineer with an awesome job, I really do not need a
constant barrage of recruiter spam. Here are the specifics:
- I like my current job, I’m well compensated, and I already have
good career advancement opportunities.
- I have a fairly extensive network of professional acquaintances
from previous jobs and friends of friends and whatnot.
- If I did want to switch jobs, I’d have a very specific list of
criteria about what kind of company I’d want to work at, what their
business model would have to be, etc.
My experience with LinkedIn is I’d get a torrential inflow of
recruiter spam (i.e. “Join our HOT VC-backed stealth startup!!!”) that
wasn’t useful to me at all.
Worse, I found that some people would “stalk” me on LinkedIn before
coming in for job interviews. As in, I’d go in to a job interview, and
someone would mention something about my past that they had looked up
on LinkedIn. This has happened once with my Twitter account too, which
is even creepier.
Since LinkedIn provides no value to me and is
yet-another-way-to-track-me, I don’t have an account with them. EZPZ.