I have always avoided LinkedIn – the idea of a site where I can’t see anything unless I join tells me me they don’t actually provide anything people want unless they are press-ganged.
But it is worse than I thought.
I really needed to contact someone, and the only email Google showed was on LinkedIn. So I bit the bullet and created an account (firstname.lastname@example.org, of course), and happily went to look at his details. There was a tiny bit more, plus the offer to “Send InMail”. So I happily clicked on the link and…
“To send an InMail now, upgrade your account.”
WTF! They want $24.95 per month for me to send a message. Apparently, for that, I can actually send 3 InMails, which they tell me is $30 of value. $10 per message! And they actually recommend a $49.95 account.
Well at least closing the account was not too painful – only had to confirm three times.