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Old 03-15-2019, 08:35 PM   #21
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Within days of signing up there, the unique email I used there began receiving spam by the boatload. I dumped them soon after.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:41 PM   #22
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I never left and didnít think to change my status. As much as I loved the concept, I found it to be a huge waste of time so I avoided it AMAP.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:47 PM   #23
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I never put much on it in the first place, but basically let it die on the vine. It used my work email so I don’t even know if I could get to it to cancel it now even if I wanted to. But, I don’t care so that’s fine.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:51 PM   #24
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I had a LinkedIn account last 4 or 5 years at Megacorp. I was not active at all and provided very little info. Probably only logged in a few times per year. When I retired, I just inserted the word "Retired" in front of my old job title. Like cathy63 mentioned, I've had some former employees find me through LinkedIn when they want a reference. So I keep it active for now.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:54 PM   #25
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I only ever had it as a way to have a contacts list that would always have up to date addresses in case I ever needed to find a job. I’m keeping it for now but I’m really not sure why. I did go through and delete about 75% of the names since there was no way in the world I would ever want to contact those folks.

I just checked it for fun after I saw this thread. Made me nauseous to see the corporate doubletalk in the feed. I never paid attention to it even when I was working.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:53 AM   #26
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I do not have an account but from time to time I still look up former friends or peers. A number of them have moved on to another job and some have passed away at an early age. Their accounts have not been updated.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:33 AM   #27
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Another joyous event associated with my retirement was when I linked out!
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:36 AM   #28
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I had it for awhile but it really wasn't useful for my career path so I canceled it to avoid more notices crowding my mail box. Like many social media, networking and contact sites there is just too much BS foolishness mixed in for something that was of no value to me.



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Old 03-16-2019, 07:57 AM   #29
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I am still working full time and have almost canceled mine.

It's essentially a festival of humble brag, self-indulgent public preening, laden with a blizzard of connection requests from sales people and recruiters seeking access to your network... with the occasional really thoughtful post or useful inquiry tossed in.

It's like picking through pistachio shells to find the one un-eaten nut at the bottom of the bowl.

How many times have we all read something like:

"So humbled and proud to be asked to speak at xyz useless event. It wouldn't have happened without the hard work of such a devoted team of co-workers...here's a link to my speaking event."

People who write that tripe should be banned from LinkedIn for life.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:02 AM   #30
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Had an account. I guess I still have one because I havenít cancelled it. Itís been about 10 years since Iíve seen it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:15 AM   #31
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As I reduce my working hours (now, about 1 hour per day), I am reducing my LinkedIn connections.
I peaked at 900 and now am at 100.
I will keep the connections to "kids" that I know so I can see how their careers are going.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:19 AM   #32
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Still have it. I get messages saying John Smith has a work anniversary working for John Smith Consulting. Sometimes John Smith has died!
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:58 AM   #33
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I am still working full time and have almost canceled mine.

It's essentially a festival of humble brag, self-indulgent public preening, laden with a blizzard of connection requests from sales people and recruiters seeking access to your network... with the occasional really thoughtful post or useful inquiry tossed in.

It's like picking through pistachio shells to find the one un-eaten nut at the bottom of the bowl.

How many times have we all read something like:

"So humbled and proud to be asked to speak at xyz useless event. It wouldn't have happened without the hard work of such a devoted team of co-workers...here's a link to my speaking event."

People who write that tripe should be banned from LinkedIn for life.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:21 AM   #34
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I forgot to mention that I changed my employer to "retired" and my job title to "head bottle washer." I STILL get the occasional "do you want a job?" message. LOL
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:49 AM   #35
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I changed my profession to RETIRED, and will probably stay. There's a retiree/alumni group on LinkedIn for my former megacorp and it's interesting to stay in touch with the broader group, many of whom have gone on to do some pretty cool stuff in our line of work. And, it's a good way for people to reach you as so many aren't on Facebook anymore.

A few months ago a relatively young (58) former co-worker passed, and I was able to find everyone on LI to let them know. So, staying will keep me connected with news like that. Not that I like getting that kind of news...
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:57 AM   #36
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Sort of a weird topic, but for those who had an account on LinkedIn during your w**k years, once you retired did you close the account or maintain a presence?

I have been FIREd for 3 years now, but never removed my account. I feel like its the final step to "really" being retired. Almost like "maybe I will end up going back". Sounds silly I know, but I wonder if anyone experienced this?
For my former coworkers who have retired, I see about a 50/50 split between
1. Updated their profile to show they are retired
2. Neglected their profile - it shows them still working at their last place of employment and I still get the automated "Congratulate XYZ for 25 years at company zbf"

I only know of one person who completely removed his profile. He has almost no digital presence these days at all...
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:02 PM   #37
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I updated to "consulting" when I RE'd in January.

Think I will give it a year and then re-evaluate/delete it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:41 PM   #38
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For a few various reasons, I need to let the world know I am retired. So, I kept it and changed my status to retired. Eventually, I'll just delete it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:18 PM   #39
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I never really left LinkedIn because I was never really there.

It always struck me as a slightly more polished version of FaceBook. There was no interesting content, they incessantly pitched their premium service, and I got barraged with friend requests (or whatever LinkedIn calls them) from people I barely knew or didnít know at all.

I rarely logged in. Once I retired, I just ignored it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:34 PM   #40
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I never saw much value in LinkedIn. I have 2 complaints about it"
1) Signing up with it is like being in the Mob. You can never leave, apparently.
I closed my LinkedIn years ago, and I still get emails from them telling me that 2 people searched my profile, or did I want to connect with someone, etc.
2) When my account was active, it was often like a nagging spouse. I occasionally got an email that someone wanted to connect with me. A couple of times it would be with someone who either disliked me, or I disliked that person. LinkedIn would send me nagging reminders if I didn't respond.
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