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Ask DN: LinkedIn alternatives?

over 5 years ago from , Freelance Designer/Web Designer/Film maker

I got on linkedIn today, and I don't like it in general, its poorly designed from a UX perspective (imo), and hard to navigate in general, its just not easy to use (yes i can navigate the site, just saying it has some infuriating problems)

So i was wondering if anyone has a good alternative, or websites I should also make an account on? thanks!

EDIT: I have an account, and am in the process of adding all my recent work to the site. I just wanted to know if there were better designed sites that work, or maybe just other sites I should be on along with LinkedIn. Thank you for the comments (some of them), Ill beef up my LinkedIn profile

45 comments

  • A Paul, 5 years ago

    I'm assuming you're young (in high school?) and haven't actually used the site. You just logged in and saw its design wasn't flashy like yer Snapchats or Peach or whatever you kids use these days. The fact is, every employer uses LinkedIn and it is actually a great resource for finding job opportunities and networking with other professionals.

    8 points
    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 5 years ago

      No, it straight up has bad (in some cases malicious) design. Their focus is entirely on growth rather than ideal user experience. That doesn't mean it's useless, but the fact that employers use it doesn't make it well designed.

      10 points
      • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, 5 years ago

        IF it's purpose is to connect people with employers (at the employers expense) I'd say the design is pretty good.

        5 points
      • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 5 years ago

        Thank you, agreed. Its very useful i was just asking what the DN members thought

        0 points
    • Connor Norvell, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      Yes I am young (19), no I don't use snapchat or peach, and no I am not in highschool. I am not saying it is useless, just poorly designed, and as a web designer myself, I like using well designed websites, so I thought I would ask and see what the community thought. It is very useful, I just got on and had 3 messages from recruiters and companies, I just wanted to know if there were better designed alternatives, or any websites I have missed out on. I have had an account for a while, should have mentioned that.

      I don't see what my age has to do with any of this, but thank you for letting me know its the industry standard.

      1 point
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Let's breakdown your question shall we?

    I got on linkedIn today, and I don't like it in general,

    It's ok to not like things.

    its grossly designed (imo), and hard to navigate.

    I'm pretty sure you don't know the meaning of gross. Do you mean linked in is covered with snot and poo? Or do you really just get disgusted with the colour of blue? Also you it's really ok if you just can't click buttons or close windows on your "personal computer"

    So i was wondering if anyone has a good alternative, or is LinkedIn really the best option?

    There's a tool that have been recently trending, let me share this little infamous tool with you. It'll change your life. I mean it. It's called Google! Funny name but does a serious job for incredibly shallow questions like this.

    thanks!

    You forgot to write "obama" after thanks.

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    8 points
    • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 5 years ago

      If it wasn't for your post, I wouldn't have known that OP edited his initial message. He kinda sounds like a spoiled brat near the end.

      3 points
    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Thank you for the patronizing comment, I could have written the question better but this was a repost after the first one didn't gain traction because of the post title. I have edited the comment to reflect what I meant to say.

      If you don't have anything helpful to say, just don't write a comment.

      I know how to google, I want to talk to actual designers, but thanks for providing such helpful feedback

      1 point
      • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        Here we go again! Buckle up cowboy!

        Thank you for the patronizing comment,

        Oh stop it. I'll do it for you anytime kiddo. After all, I'm trying to destroy your insecure snobbish attitude.

        I could have written the question better

        Oh you already edited your original post. Do you mean you could write MUCH better then that? Way to go for that "writing". I believe in you.

        but this was a repost after the first one didn't gain traction because of the post title.

        So you're admitting that you're spamming your own threads to get attention. You know, not long ago (if you didn't register yesterday) DN declared war on spammers like you. So here's the deal, you post something and if you don't get replies then it's pointless/worthless/stupid thing to post. Accept it and deal with it.

        If you don't have anything helpful to say, just don't write a comment.

        I'm giving you life lessons man. Just take a breath and think about it ;)

        I know how to google

        Omg you do?! That's awesome!

        I want to talk to actual designers,

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        but thanks for providing such helpful feedback.

        You're welcome buddy.

        0 points
        • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

          Thank you for the feedback, maybe someday I'll have the wit to tear apart people's comments, and manage to not provide any useful information. I mean it, You've changed my life, Thank you sir.

          0 points
  • Cory W.Cory W., 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    When a huge number of people accidently, and embarrassingly, invite everyone they've ever emailed to "connect on LinkedIn" because LinkedIn hides the scroll bar I think it's fair to say it's grossly designed.

    6 points
    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 5 years ago

      Thank you

      1 point
    • Stef KorsStef Kors, 5 years ago

      I'd argue it's designed perfectly to the requirements LinkedIn has. I think they might purposely designed it in a way to steer the user into inviting their whole email list.

      0 points
      • Cory W.Cory W., 5 years ago

        Yep. Perfectly designed for a business, but grossly designed for people. There's the tension for a lot of designers, or the ones that feel shitty tricking people into doing things they'd rather not do.

        1 point
  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, 5 years ago

    It's like Walmart. You don't want to be there but you have to.

    4 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 5 years ago

    Do it for the Google juice. If an employer or someone looks you up, it's a good concise summary of your professional work in a way they can understand.

    4 points
    • Max LindMax Lind, over 5 years ago

      Very interesting point. For me, LinkedIn is #2, right behind my personal website...and coincidentally, Designer News is #5 (maybe a good reason to have a DN profile as well :)

      2 points
  • Josh TregenzaJosh Tregenza, 5 years ago

    LinkedIn is more or less a waste. Stick to Twitter if you want a community that can lead to a job.

    3 points
  • Larry IoannidisLarry Ioannidis, over 5 years ago

    What is the purpose you want to use LinkedIn for? There are many alternatives but I think you should first know why you are using it. If it's for job hunting I would recommend glassdoor.com

    2 points
    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, over 5 years ago

      Thank you, I am mainly using it to connect with companies and be on the radar of companies. But I was wondering if there were websites I should make an account on, that are maybe designed better, but just in general. Ill check out the link, thank you

      0 points
      • Larry IoannidisLarry Ioannidis, over 5 years ago

        Maybe you should start thinking in a different way.

        You are focusing on the design (yes, you are a designer, we get that) while you should focus on things like No of potential employers on website, ability to be seen, networking etc. You don't chose facebook or twitter for their design but to connect with people. Even if many believe their design is crap they still have account cause that's the only way they can connect with their friends from highschool.

        Same thing with LinkedIn, it has a fair Job Tool, a huge network of corporate connection (that you will not find in any other social network) and CV like profile.

        Don't worry about the design, worry about things that really matter for your purpose.

        Btw, you should make an account on Dribbble and Behance to showcase your work. Maybe a facebook page too.

        1 point
        • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, over 5 years ago

          Yeah thats a really good point, I really should have specified that its the UX that is poorly designed to me, not the color theme, etc. But good point, Looks like LinkedIn is the standard, so I'll stick with that. I do have a behance, haven't gotten a dribbble invite yet though.

          Thanks again!

          0 points
    • Account deleted over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      The thing about LinkedIn is that it's less about how you use it - it's more about how other employers discover you.

      Let's say you worked on a project for a year or so that had a little buzz called Path. Things happened, the team slowly disbands and eventually you're off at a new place as well. A couple years later... Sam, a fellow designer you worked with nails a sick job a Hooli.

      1. Hooli in-house HR/recruitment team links with Sam.
      2. HR/Recruitment looks through their contacts and see that you pop up as only a couple degrees away.
      3. The Path CTO was a buddy of the HR/Recruiters husband, Sam is a connection, and another employee worked at her last company, Ted, was an engineer who left Path. That's a few people in the recruiters circle that have all linked to you... boosting your visibility.
      4. Hooli recruiter reaches out and says that Sam recently started there, and that she's heard great things about you from your old CTO at Path. She was wondering if you might be interested in taking an ACD job there. Oh, and do you remember Ted? I worked with him at may last company - he's great!
      5. ???
      6. Profit.
      1 point
      • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 5 years ago

        Great point! Every designer I have worked with has an account, and the site has proven useful. just wish the UX was better, but as you said, its more about what it does.

        Thanks!

        0 points
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, over 5 years ago

    I liken LinkedIn to estate agents (realtors) knocking on my door and asking if I want to sell my house two or three times every day. Regardless of me unreservedly saying no they still keep coming.

    If you hadn't guessed I get hounded by recruitment agencies all the time. They are a pain and LinkedIn is the ideal platform; clicking 'add to my network' is a lot less effort than calling.

    Design / UX / UI? Meh, if it's worth it you can deal with it. But LinkedIn seems to be full of vile people, the design / UX / UI is merely a sprinkling of glitter on a turd.

    I know lots of people who do well with LinkedIn; lots of leads, new work etc. It just doesn't work for me. The tone of it irks me.

    I've tried to join in, have a serious 'professional' persona, 'like' things and repost serious business issues of the day but had little reward.

    Maybe I'm doing it wrong but there's other communities that are much nicer, they even respond to comments.

    1 point
  • Drew McDonaldDrew McDonald, 5 years ago

    Got my job through LinkedIn, very happy with the experience. Maybe I lucked out.

    1 point
    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 5 years ago

      I didn't mean to come off saying its useless, people have contacted me through the site, just wanted to know if there were better designed alternatives

      0 points
  • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Funnily enough I've been thinking of signing up recently.

    I'd previously resisted because of their dark UX patterns and generally dodgy practises, but my friends seem to get quite a few job offers on there (mostly from recruiters, but some genuine ones too).

    So perhaps I'll give in.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1 point
    • Account deleted over 5 years ago

      I think every company I've worked for, of know of through friends, use LinkedIn at some level to get leads on people who might fit into in-house positions. This is one of those things where why WOULDN'T you do it? It's not like hurts your chances at getting a job - it can only help. I think the key is to temper expectations on what level of impact it has.

      0 points
      • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, over 5 years ago

        Because prior to selling my ethics down the river, I didn't want to support an organisation with a history of some borderline-predatory design practises.

        0 points
        • Account deleted over 5 years ago

          Right. But what you aren't understanding is that the hiring managers and recruiters for the companies and agencies that are looking for people to fill positions, use LinkedIn as a key tool in their search.

          This would then leave you at the whim of recruiters (who are far worse in the ethics department, if you ask me) or networking.

          My point is, your personal feelings about what you consider predatory design practices is admirable and completely fine. Simply put up the bare minimum presence on there then with a link to where you want people to go and call it a day. You're still sticking it to them by not really using it for what it was intended for, but aren't hindering employment opportunities either.

          0 points
          • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, over 5 years ago

            Right. But what you aren't understanding is that the hiring managers and recruiters for the companies and agencies that are looking for people to fill positions, use LinkedIn as a key tool in their search.

            No, I understand that perfectly – hence "but my friends seem to get quite a few job offers on there [...] So perhaps I'll give in."

            Simply put up the bare minimum presence on there then with a link to where you want people to go and call it a day. You're still sticking it to them by not really using it for what it was intended for, but aren't hindering employment opportunities either.

            I don't do anything half-hearted I'm afraid – I'm more of an all or nothing kind of guy ;)

            Anyway I went ahead and signed up!

            https://www.linkedin.com/in/duncanarussell

            0 points
            • Account deleted 5 years ago

              Yeah. I get where you are coming from. I'm not saying you have to half-ass anything... but just getting your portfolio links in there and a blurb about your current work experience goes a long way. Good luck man.

              0 points
  • Adolfo VeraAdolfo Vera, over 5 years ago

    Tyba

    0 points
  • Jordan SingerJordan Singer, over 5 years ago

    If you're using LinkedIn to build your resume, check out https://represent.io

    0 points
  • Tyrale BloomfieldTyrale Bloomfield, 5 years ago

    The benefits out way the costs. Just signup, all the alternatives do not have enough clout with any decision makers. Even LinkedIn is barely penetrating into HR teams. Many still want to see a traditional resume.

    0 points
  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, over 5 years ago

    Personally, I see it as a website I know many employers use/expect to find me on, and therefore consider it a necessary evil.

    There are probably alternatives, but if the people looking to hire me are using LinkedIn, then what's the point in using anything else?

    Disclaimer: Never been hired directly via LinkedIn as such, but employers have checked my profile on there before asking me to interview.

    0 points
  • Account deleted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure why you would stop using a product that works (and works pretty darn well), simply because it's grossly designed. It seems you care less about the function of a product than how it looks?

    The important thing to always remember that "gross" is subjective. So is "beautiful", "elegant", "clean", etc. When building a product like LinkedIn, you and I are not the average user/demo. It needs to appeal to a MASS audience of users that spans an incredible range of ages, careers, and education levels.

    This is exactly why Craigslist is perfection. It's fast, it does it's job, and 90% of it's users could care less about what typeface is being used or how the page looks. It just works.

    Great designed products almost always generally start out with a very focused type of user in mind... not a mass populace.

    0 points
    • Bjarke DaugaardBjarke Daugaard, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      You are right, but LinkedIn is like the go to site every time you need to show an example of "Dark UX"

      2 points
    • Connor Norvell, 5 years ago

      Thanks for the input, I wasn't trying to avoid it because its ugly, I have an account, I just was wondering if there were sites I missed out on, etc.

      0 points