Update (February 2015): I’ve resurrected my LinkedIn account. Here’s why
If you’ve ever read the Freakonomics book – or better yet, listened to the excellent podcast – then you’ll know about the sunk cost fallacy:
Sunk costs… influence actors’ decisions because humans are prone to loss aversion and framing effects.
I’ve had a Gmail account ever since I was able to get my hands on an invite – yet I decided to move away recently. Likewise, I’ve had a LinkedIn account since the beginning, but today I closed my account. Just because you’ve used something for a long time and become used to it doesn’t mean it’s still the best option right now.
Here’s my three main reasons for closing my LinkedIn account:
- Spammy emails – I’ve tried my best to stop these, but it’s almost impossible. Enough is enough.
- I want to own my professional identity – I’m not interested in ‘endorsements’. I’m interested in people finding out about me in spaces I fully control.
- The zeitgeist – there’s a growing backlash to LinkedIn. I noticed Audrey Watters deleted her account recently, and then there’s the fact that the company is being taken to court.
So it’s gone.
It’s up to you if you want to do likewise, but know that if you do decide to close your account, you’re not alone!
PS I recently replaced my about.me page at dougbelshaw.com with one created using Mozilla Thimble. You’re very welcome to hit the ‘Remix’ button on that page if you need a new profile!
Banner image CC BY Bryan Mills
I did something this Bank Holiday weekend that I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years: I registered a Limited Company with myself as sole Director.
It’s not that I’m looking to leave my current employers in the short-term, it’s more to do with getting things in place for when I finish my doctoral thesis in July. I want to start working with people on interesting projects and setting up a company helps me do that in a straightforward way.
The new site for my business is at Synechism.com.
What kinds of projects?
The tagline of Synechism Ltd. is making connections, creating meaning. I’ve developed a modified version of the Hierarchy of Understanding developed by Briggs, et al. (2002) upon which I’ll be basing a lot of my work.
I’ve a wealth of experience from Primary and Secondary school level through to Higher Education, so the majority of my projects in the first instance shall be focusing on the education sector. However, through my work with businesses and third sector bodies in the last couple of years, I’ve realised how much they could also benefit from working in partnership.
The wonderful thing about the technologies available to us is that I can just as easily work on a project with someone in a different continent and different timezone as I can with those local to me. For example, a week ago I presented to a conference in Australia from the comfort of my study.
I’m looking for educational institutions, businesses and third sector bodies who are interested in the kinds of things I am – namely:
- Models of learning
- Digital and New literacies
- Knowledge workflows
- Productivity 2.0
- Mobile learning
- Open Educational Resources
- Google Apps Education Edition
That doesn’t cover everything, but gives you a flavour of the kinds of connections and meaning-making I’m talking about.
I want to know more!
Great! Head on over to Synechism.com and click on the contact details. 😀
Using social media doesn’t make you a guru. Having attended a school doesn’t qualify you to speak on education policy. Working in an organisation doesn’t make you a business leader.
Strategy, not of the crystal-ball-gazing or guessing variety, but of the values-based, focused, considered type, is what separates good from great.