I've been on the fence about it for a year now. I get more recruiter spam than value.
I'm also a bit too old for the schadenfreude that accompanies news of my overpaid friends getting canned. I'm running my own race these days and I've never been happier since I stopped comparing my lot in life to the few lucky SOBs I know that survived the cull of sub-prime.
I think a better strategy is (1) your own domain and/or (2) a site on github with actual code to validate* your talents.
*I hate those "Joe Schmo supported you skill in [insert banal technical skill here]" messages. I once put down C++ because I had been working with it for a couple years. Then, I thought better (I would not take a C++ programming job. Period. Hate that language.) and took it off. Next thing I know, I've got coworkers supporting my C++ acumen and LinkedIn trying to push it back on my profile. Ugh. I call that invasive feature creep.
On top of that, they seem to leave the backdoor open a bit too much for a company with $20b market cap.
It is a self-updating rolodex, Outlook Contacts list, phone book, whateveryouwanttocallit.
I really don't want to bookmark 300+ individual pages that all have different creative layouts, get moved, etc. My LinkedIn profile stays up-to-date, you update yours, that's the implicit deal. And we all profit from it. all being defined as a western work related group, english spoken. this is not facebook. Link your gitbub repo from there, absolutely, good idea, but having LinkedIn as your standardized contact info is very valuable.
is LinkedIn managed in a bad way? sure. But for some reason the modern business world has chosen it to focus on it. Xing and other local players never grew enough. the benefits of starting out it in the US. all the surrounding crap they're building is fluff, their core feature is being a global rolodex. would love to slap sense into their product management team.
As of this writing, I only have my undergrad and grad school names listed. I don't think I even have my areas of study on there.
Works perfectly as a rolodex.
Which is why I completely disabled it. Having the ability to see who viewed your profile seemed cool at first, but then again, it's useless and the downsides are great.
That's because their target audience is not restricted to the tech savvy. Not everyone knows how to host and maintain their own domain. Not everyone uses github or know what git is.
This was basically why LinkedIn came into fruition in the first place.
I'm sure this community is generally capable of rolling their own LinkedIn.
¹ yes, I also hate that word, but there you go.
Possibly, but that's for programmers. There are more professions out there.
I just closed my account too. The help page said that my account would no longer be visible on LinkedIn, but after closing and logging out, I still get the "sign up to see the full profile" bait on visiting my old URL (search result from Google).
I would have thought with Java, C#, objective C, php, node, etc that I'd be a good catch but apparently not!