• Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 8 years ago


    42 points
    • Jeff G, over 8 years ago

      Upvoted because you as a designer/developer may not have much use for it but the other 99% of people you interact with do (ie people trying to hire you or work with you).

      0 points
  • Bryan KulbaBryan Kulba, over 8 years ago

    I really do dislike LinkedIn, but the difference between it and the alternates that this site lists is that it's not industry limited. I understand the value of networking with other designers to grow my skills or talk shop but I'm not looking for other designers to hire me.

    Further to that, not everyone who wants to hire designers is as savvy as you'd hope but that doesn't mean they don't need good design (or have the money to pay for it). Those people are much more likely to be searching on LinkedIn rather than Dribbble, which in the greater perspective is invisible to the public.

    …but I still hate LinkedIn.

    8 points
  • cliff nowickicliff nowicki, over 8 years ago

    Maybe Im just dev ignorant, but i don't see how this would affect the average user, let alone a designer. As a designer, LinkedIn is just a tool to get my name out there where my main goal is to make a contact and funnel them to my portfolio site. Its not even my main source that I put too much stock into either since its more of a spot to have recruiters harass me. The alternatives given for designers are Behance and Dribbble. A lot of designers have stuff on Behance already and those able to get an invite are on Dribbble. I don't think this affects designers as much or at all. I wouldn't go as far as to stop using LinkedIn though. That's just silly.

    8 points
    • Adam WAdam W, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

      As a designer, this is exactly how I feel. I rarely use LinkedIn beyond sending/accepting connection requests and the occasional direct message. Dribbble and Behance are far more useful for connecting/communicating WITHIN our field.

      3 points
    • Joseph BarrientosJoseph Barrientos, over 8 years ago

      completely agree here. Especially here in the Silicon Valley, LinkedIn is more important than twitter/snapchat is to teens!

      3 points
    • ╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻ ., over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

      Slightly agree - perhaps it's a stereotype, but LinkedIN does have the real estate agent vibe about it. So it doesn't have hamburger icons and a flat design. But then also, so what? I know plenty of designers on there who are getting leads from LinkedIN

      0 points
  • Anna NiessAnna Niess, over 8 years ago


    2 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, over 8 years ago

    This must be because applications are pulling data that actually compete with LinkedIn. Sure this sucks for developers building with the API, but it doesn't explain why the average user should leave.

    With that said, I'd be curious to hear what the design community thinks about LinkedIn and what would make it better?

    2 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 8 years ago

    LinkedIn is nothing but recruiters. Not a fan myself

    1 point
  • ╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻ ., over 8 years ago

    If your digital life is portable from the outset, then smear-campaign sites like this don't need to happen. LinkedIN data silos are purely symptomatic of people choosing services where the data is not portable in the first place.

    Choose services where you can export, and migrate data before the fact, not after it.

    Also see

    Checkout the #ownyourdata initiative also.

    1 point
  • Account deleted over 8 years ago

    I'm not sure why I'd ever stop using it short of a truly better product being available. If anything, it's still just ONE place you should have a presence - not the only one.

    0 points
  • Daniel GuestDaniel Guest, over 8 years ago

    Linked In is great, having it is better than not having it. And the people hiring us for work don't use the suggested alternatives. The amount of enquiries we get via linked is incredible.

    0 points
  • Th. MTh. M, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Sure; I already see millions of sales people moving over to... inbound.org

    0 points
  • Savelle McThiasSavelle McThias, over 8 years ago

    For now, I am okay with LinkedIn. It's actually too much of a hassle to take down my profile. I don't see why people looking for a job wouldn't use every tool they can. Even if LinkedIn is full of scumbaggy recruiters, it does a good job when I'm on a website and want the easy option to fill out an application or provide a quick and dirty resume.

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 8 years ago

    I left LinkedIn a few weeks ago after failing to see how the hell it would be useful, after 3 years, nada. I found that the website uses some shady techniques to make you engage and the only interaction with other members were those trying to scam.

    I'm not saying with more time investment opportunities wouldn't arise, but websites like AngelList are better at making connections to other users.

    It's an outdated website, awful design, useless concepts, bad UI, but of course that's my opinion.

    What would be your reasons for leaving LinkedIn?

    0 points