Why should you stop following people on Linkedin?

For me, it was just too much.

My feed was crap. I was not too fond of the Linkedin experience and ended up learning stuff and watching my industry on websites like Medium.

The number of posts cluttered my feed on Linkedin with so much content (organic or promoted) that I couldn’t read or decipher what was relevant to me. The only feature I used was connecting and messaging people.

Linkedin here has an interesting behaviour: it forces a follow on any connection you make. For me, this is quite a stretch as any activity of your contacts (like, comments, articles.) is coming up your feed.

The issue is that after years, you start making an extensive network and above 1 or 2 thousand followers, and the quality of your feed goes down.

Why is this important? You want to use a social network for what it is and here keeping contact with people that matters to you or discover new people to do business with. Part of it is sharing the same interests and learning; exchanging an article is an excellent way to do so.

What if you want to unfollow people, then? Here again, you wish it was easy, but Linkedin forces you to unfollow people one by one.

There is a way, of course, to speed that up if you want to get your hands dirty:

  1. Go to this page on your profile:
  2. Open the Developer Tools in Chrome.
  3. Scroll down several times whilst LinkedIn lazy loads a decent-sized list
  4. In the Console View, type the linked code

Press enter.

It worked for me!

I re-followed “Influencers” and some colleagues again; now, my feed is enjoyable and clean, and I reread it. As a result, I can engage with more exciting content and interact more meaningfully with the people I follow.

It is possible that the code needs updates from time to time as Linkedin changes how we interfere with it, but it has helped me so far.

Kudos to Steven Herod for sharing this.


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