How to delete a LinkedIn account

On Friday, I posted about Sybil syndrome–the phenomenon that occurs when you have duplicate LinkedIn accounts. The last step in fixing the problem is deleting the account you no longer wish to retain. Here’s how you do it:

1. Log in to the LinkedIn account you no longer wish to retain. Double check to ensure this is really the one you want to delete.

2. In the upper-right-hand-corner, hover the mouse over your name, then click “Settings.” (See below.)

3.  Click on the “Accounts” tab on the left hand side and then click on “Close your account.” (See below.)

 4. Follow the prompts that will walk you through the process. (If it seems like you have to verify over and over again, that’s for your protection.)

That’s it–now you’re back to having a single personality…at least on LinkedIn.

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2 Responses to How to delete a LinkedIn account

  1. bvwatson says:

    If I have connections and recommendations associated with both accounts, I don’t want to just throw them away. Why isn’t there a way to merge one account into another? This seems like a serious oversight in the LinkedIn configuration…. although I would bet that other prominent social networks (Facebook) can’t merge accounts either.

    Sorry, but the “just throw one away” advice — despite the admonition to do it carefully — is pretty inadequate.

    • ajjuliano says:

      If there were another option, the suggestion to delete one of the accounts would be lacking. But it’s the only option. Given the choice between keeping two accounts and confusing your connections or cutting your losses and deciding which account to delete, the latter makes more sense.

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