Not mine – but words I hear often enough.

This phrase, or something like, is currently the number one comment or email topic I receive. It has been enough to push me into several articles about the subject – and apparently one more.

It isn’t advice I like to give out, but if you’ve had enough of LinkedIn, this is the article for you.

Say it ain’t so

One of my earlier attempts at describing how to get out of the site – “Leaving LinkedIn” came early in 2009.

This advice still stands.

And notice – I spend much of the post telling you how to arrange your notifications so that you won’t feel overpowered by LinkedIn communications…

What’s come before

After that first post in 2009, I spent time explaining, and explaining more…

And just this month Dzeni has left a comment on the latest post – showing me that LinkedIn now has a “Do Not Contact” list – so let’s get to that!-)

Do Not Contact

So – in one email exchange with a (hopefully) former LinkedIn user, the individual talked about how they tried removing their account, but still received email from LinkedIn. (And this individual was extremely unhappy… sadly, most times when I hear about it, the individual is rather unhappy…)

I didn’t have this resource to point them to, but it can be of help to you.

Visit the LinkedIn “Adding or Removing Your Email from Do Not Contact List” page.

Just follow the link on that page and fill out their form – and hopefully that will be the end of it. (And I like how LinkedIn has thought ahead to people that wanted out, but later change their mind… I imagine that’s a different sort of help request…)

(Though someone that really wanted to slash and burn their former account would take all of the advice in my articles about stopping email notices with the account configuration, diverting email to a throw away account, and then deleting the account)

Change your email address to a personal one!

While getting out seems to be the top issue for people who want to quit the site, the top issue for those that want in is getting access to their account because they set the primary (and only) email account to be their now-unfortunately-former employer’s address. Don’t let this happen to you – if you have not already done so, add email addresses and change your primary email to a personal one today!

To your continued success,


Steven Tylock