People are valuing linked-in as if it was the second coming of Christ. But is the site all it is cracked up to be, if they use fake "link" requests to get people to join?
I briefly joined Linked-In, in order to find a former client whose maintenance fee was due. I searched online and the only thing I found was his Linked-In page. I explored the site and it seemed interesting at first - sort of a Facebook for professionals.
You can upload your resume, some articles, your photo, contact information, etc. and also answer questions, and validate each others' skills.
But like with Facebook, I started getting a lot of "friend" requests (link requests) from people I didn't know and had no prior contact from. In fact, compared to Facebook, the number of friend requests is about 100 times more.
So after visiting it a few times over a number of months, I finally closed my Linked-In account. Or so I thought, anyway. That was over a year ago.
I still get emails from Linked-In from people saying they want to link to me.
What is going on here?
After all, if my account is closed and my page has been removed, there should be no way for someone to find me on Linked-In, right?
I tried searching on Linked-In, and I can't find any page with my name or contact information.
I tried logging-in to Linked-In with the e-mail address they are sending these requests to, and it says there is no such account with that e-mail address (!!!!)
Yet, still the requests come.
Receiving Invitations When Your Account is Closed
Why do I still get invitations even though I closed my account?Last Reviewed: 02/07/2013
You don't need to have an active LinkedIn account to receive invitations from members who want to add you to their networks. If you no longer want to receive invitations at a particular email address, you can contact us to permanently add you to our "blocked email" list.
Note: If you ask us to add your email address to the "blocked" list, you won't be able to open a new account with that address.