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No way to delete messages in LinkedIn – Safer to use E-Mail

Written By: langdon on October 27, 2009 2 Comments

No way to delete messages in LinkedIn – Safer to use E-Mail

Unless you accept that there will be a permanent record of “interesting details” that you will never be able to delete, it is safer to use regular e-mail, rather than LinkedIn messaging…

From day one of when internet messaging services were made available, whatever we received could easily be deleted.

Whether it’s because we read the messages or didn’t need them anymore, it’s always been “standard” to be able to DELETE (and permanently DESTROY) them.

And it just makes sense. Plain, common sense.

It’s the most fundamental of functions — like when snail mail (or “regular mail”, whichever you prefer) isn’t useful for us anymore, we can throw it out. It’s just how things are done. But NOT at LinkedIn.

Case in point, all inbox messages, in your LinkedIn account, whether they’re…

  • Received;
  • Sent; or
  • Archived.

…can NEVER be deleted!

For instance, if ten other members send you “invitations” every week, you’ll likely have hundreds of theses “declined invitations” floating around your inbox after just a few months.

So, LinkedIn is forcing its members to deal with a littered inbox system which is supremely counterproductive — why would LinkedIn, which is a network of “professionals”, allow for such a thing to happen? Well, that’s a question nobody seems to be able to answer and LinkedIn, itself, provides no explanation on this.

Advertising isn’t shown in the inbox area so it can’t possibly be that LinkedIn want members to sift through old messages in the hope that such activity will generate a handful of clicks. No, it has to be something else.

For several years, messages have been accumulating in LinkedIn members’ inboxes, without any possibility to delete them. That’s just plain wrong. But LinkedIn doesn’t seem interested in discussing the matter or better yet, resolve it.

Because of this sorry state of affairs, perhaps members should think twice before posting their private information in a network where all of those “interesting details”, ending up in your inbox or someone else’s, may never be deleted, ever.

And unless you accept that those “interesting details” will be around forever, with no capability to delete, and accept the risk of what might happen to those “interesting details” in the future,  if you receive a LinkedIn Message, you are better to respond using regular e-mail, where you have control over the “Delete Key”.

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