Get off LinkedIn

As well as Facebook, Twitter, and every other converged social media platform. The risks and costs far outweigh the benefits, as one VP reader correctly noted:

About 7 years ago, some gamma wrote an article about how we need to bend over backwards to pull more women into STEM careers. All I did was post a comment that women make their own life choices, and if they are not flocking to STEM careers, it is because they don’t want to, not because they are being prevented. Within 24 hours, I was contacted by the legal department of the company I was working for at the time, and told to take the post down. The attorney told me that the switchboard had been flooded with calls, mostly from angry women from over 15 countries that did not like my 2-sentence comment. I wiped my account after that. It is just not worth it.

It’s really not worth it. I would delete my Twitter account if it wasn’t still “suspended” and I have deleted my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts even though I hadn’t been using them for years. 

Remember, everything you post can and will be used against you, by people who actively hate you. Don’t give them the ammunition. If friends and family want to stay in touch with you, they can email, telephone, or write.