9 thoughts on “Why I Loathe LinkedIn

  1. Right, Gordon! No warning. No way to appeal the decision. They just cut off your brand and leave you for dead. Some company. Certainly not my sort of place to hang — especially when at least 50% of current LinkedIn users aren’t following their silly “face only” mandate anyway! You can’t enforce a rule on only some of the people some of the time.
    I’d love to know how they decide if a face is appropriate or not.
    Must there be a full face? If you stand in the woods and have a full length shot: Acceptable or not?
    Your kids’ face appear with your face: Acceptable or not?
    Half your face shows: Acceptable or not?
    A cartoon of your face: Acceptable or not?
    A charcoal drawing of your face: Acceptable or not?
    Must your face be in color?
    If the image is blurry: Acceptable or not?
    How do they even know the face you pick is your own? They cannot — which is why their entire policy is foolish, foolhardy and fake!
    I’m so hoping for a “Charles Manson Day” photo protest on LinkedIn where everyone changes their “photo” to that of the death row killer for a day to teach them a valuable lesson: The Customer Is Always Right!

  2. Interesting David, that’s not a good example of customer service – did they reply to you?

  3. Hi Katha!
    They replied that they would refund the remaining amount of my paid subscription — it has yet to appear on my credit card — and then admonished me again with a list of “acceptable” avatars on their service. So nasty! So unnecessary!

  4. Clearly removing your logo was hasty by linkedin. But I bet you could have worked it out with them instead of pulling the plug. Your post doesn’t say that you tried, but it was quite detailed in over-justifying why they shouldn’t have removed your logo. I think we all get that. The fact that you were a uber-user, etc. Maybe they should have known better, but playing that tape didn’t get you what you want (god, aren’t they stupid, i’m so-oh angry!). The satisfaction of pulling out can’t be as good as having your image back, can it? Dumb mistakes in business have been happening since the beginning of time and I would submit that if you would have stated your case and just posted on the discussion group for linkedin they would have capitulated. Can you really project this one mistake into a pattern and to a philosophy of business for linkedin? I reserve the right to be wrong on this, but since you didn’t try, we’ll never know.

  5. Harva —
    Your questions are fair and reasonable.
    I felt that, as a paying user, and as a leader of three popular groups that I created, that I was providing LinkedIn with much more value overall than a regular, non-paying, user. When people interacted in my group I was providing LinkedIn eyeballs and deeper integration with their service.
    Did I feel I should be singled out and celebrated for paying and leading — no, but sure — do I feel I should be singled out for punishment when their logo policy is absolutely not being universally enforced? Absolutely not.
    I get tons of invites each week and I’d say only around 60% of those folks are meeting LinkedIn’s strict image guidelines.
    Their current image policy is unenforceable and arbitrary and that means it can only be selectively applied instead of universally adopted — so they’ve set themselves up in the bully role of auto-deleting logos and images they meanderingly decide they don’t like and there’s no appeal process to argue the point.
    They did refund the unused portion of my paid subscription and they haven’t said a word to me since — and I’m happy to be there, freeloading off their service like most people, but I won’t go out of my way to promote them or celebrate them as I had been doing here on the blog and in the Boles Blogs Network and beyond because business relationships require communication and respect as a delicate dyad and not as one way streets going only LinkedIn’s way.

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