If you’ve been watching my vlog recently you’ll know that I’ve been curating my social media and a variety of social networks by either cleaning them up or removing them entirely.
It’s been one of the most freeing activities that I’ve done in a long time and it’s something that I can’t quite get enough of.
One of the things that I’ve mentioned is the “struggle” that I have with LinkedIn, especially because there is still some very good reasons to keep it around, namely the fact that I need a personal account to manage and administer the official page of my startup.
This is unfortunate but it is what it is I suppose. In due time I will, once and for all, leave LinkedIn and that’ll be great but for now I’ve figured out and worked on a very decent alternative and I spent the afternoon putting it together.
What I’ve essentially done is add a new page here on my blog which captures my work history and many (but not all) of the projects that I’ve worked on as a professional. Most of the content was a direct copy-and-paste from LinkedIn.
You can see it here.
In addition, I’ve cleaned up my LinkedIn profile to only show my current project and very little else.
I actually had no idea you that you could choose with some level of granularity the amount visible on the profile.
The biggest change was removing the profile from public search engines, like Google. My hope that over time Google and the other search engines will smartly go to my new dedicated and canonical work history and de-list the LinkedIn profile from the public eye.
The reasons that I’ve spent the time doing this are as follows:
- Simplify the curation of my work history into a page that I fully control and manage. LinkedIn won’t last forever so it’s inevitable that I do this at some point in time.
- I get so much spam from LinkedIn that it’s not even funny. By removing myself from the public search engines and also the amount of metadata that LinkedIn has on me, I hope to reduce this significantly. I also just want LinkedIn to know less about me in its entirety.
- Move one step closer to removing LinkedIn from my life. I can imagine a future where I won’t need one (and it’s probably pretty soon and close) but for now this is a decent solution.
I’m happy about the results and the time, I believe, was well-spent.