Now, before I get started, I want to say that I’m a fan of LinkedIn. And I have been for many years, as my registration date attests, even though there are a number of things that I would certainly improve and put on that product roadmap of theirs… nevertheless, I like you. So please O please gods of LinkedIn, don’t close down my account (especially since I can’t seem to do it myself anyways…)
Anywho, I was served hard by LinkedIn’s legal services regarding a website that I had launched literally 1 week ago and some change: theLIgamer.com.
It all started because of a harmless Q/A to the rest of the LI community seeing if there was any interested peoples to start a group. The response was overwhelming, and within 24 hours I had enough support backing me to motivate me to spend an entire night building a site to cater to the LI gamers needs. It had multiple blog authoring, forums, a job board, and more. My development wasn’t blind either; I got in contact with a few video game industry experts, like the executive director of IDGA, and spoke with a few Editorial gaming experts including the Editor in Chief of GameRiot.com, to name a few.
What’s so funny is that all these email and phone conversations I had were all enabled by LinkedIn (I pay a premium $200/year for the ability to directly contact others thru “inmail”). There’s a strange irony to all of this, but, I’ll leave that up to the readers.
Within the first couple days I had more members sign up than I knew what to do with, a couple of great guest posts, and the traffic spike was great. Lots of personal emails and pings affirming me what I had already known, that we “needed something like this” and “LI doesn’t provide this type of interactivity, thanks!” and “wow, how do I get involved and help make this site world class” and on and on and on. The future looked bright for LinkedIn video gamers every where!
That was until today.
Make of it what you will. Some of it is rather amusing, but, the bottom line was that I had to respond. Some quick discussions with legal counsel and a pretty thorough gut-check moved me to comply 101%. The site’s only been up for barely more than a week. I didn’t make a dime off of the site (I instead lost money for hosting costs, registration, etc) and advertising was free for members.
So, I hit the big delete button and packed it up.
It’s unfortunate, really, since I had already drafted up a great logo-design contest with the winner receiving *gasp* a $200 dollar gift certificate for a premium membership package to LinkedIn! The site gathered too much attention too fast… and I suppose the LinkedIn legal department didn’t have enough to do.
So, theLIgamer.com is officially retired. Dead, actually. I’ve got a wife and a very cute daughter who I’d love to one day go to college… so, I need to save as much money as possible and not spend my hard earned green on crazy claims like these.
Thanks for all the support for those who gave a shoutout and remember… LinkedIn is all about being professional… none of this unprofessional business of providing services which enhance their member’s user-experience and build deeper brand loyalty without costing them a dime, ya hear?!?
Oh, and before I forget… don’t use their logo, they hate that.