Feb 8th, 2018 – Today I have removed the LinkedIn app from my phone. It was a difficult decision because I have been using the LinkedIn app to catch up posting from my professional connections as well as messaging people on LinkedIn.
- I’m trying to read more long form content, LinkedIn postings have trained me to do the thumb swipe and scroll continuously, bookmark articles that I want to read later. I don’t want to be trained anymore by infinitely scrolling apps.
- The 2nd posting on LinkedIn is *always* an advertisement which I cannot block on my mobile phone, but I do block using Chrome extension AdBlock. I already pay to get rid of ads everywhere I can, LinkedIn does not offer that option
- I still extract more value from LinkedIn by connecting with my professional network for interviews for ImpactfulEngineer.org. I will only use LinkedIn.com on my Chrome browser and observe how I use the site keeping in mind that I optimize for time, attention and deep connections. See How I Optimize