I'm back on LinkedIn. It took some persuading but, you know, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been" and all that.
I initially left for a number of reasons, mainly because of the amount of non-professional-building messages and offers that were being thrown my way. Maybe I didn't put enough effort into learning how I should turn these things off but that was part of my reasoning - I didn't think they should be on by default.
Going through the sign-up process, I was left dumb-founded once again with LinkedIn's trickery:
I had no idea that by adding my email address, LinkedIn was looking to grab my contacts. After I was prompted with access alerts, I realized what was happening and skipped the step.
Ok, I get it now. "Grow your network on LinkedIn". Email. Contacts. But why not just come out and say it?
"Do you want to add your contacts? If so, enter your email address below and click Continue."
Oh, maybe you need to trick people into accessing their contacts since they wouldn't do it if they knew that's what you were asking. Maybe there's something else you should be working on?
Only at the very top of the browser did the page say anything about importing contacts:
Anyway, I'm back up. If I missed your request earlier, feel free to send another.
Time to get caught up on all things Liverpool.