Think it can never happen?
Steve Tylock wrote a must-read post at The LinkedIn Personal Trainer about this horrifying possibility, When Accidents Happen…
He talked about someone whose entire LinkedIn account vanished — with all his connections, Groups, EVERYTHING!
Can you imagine how difficult it would be to remember and rebuild it all?
LinkedIn membership is growing exponentially but apparently its system isn’t keeping up. You may have noticed that sometimes things don’t work the way they should.
What could cause LinkedIn to lose an account? Steve suggests these possibilities:
- Some data entry person pressed the wrong keys.
- A technology failure corrupted the data – where your account was stored.
- Another user reported you for “bad” behavior and LinkedIn closed your account.
- Some hacker broke into your account and LinkedIn closed it because of spam.
- Some mischievous individual broke into your account and closed it through the control panel.
- OR, it may disappear for no apparent reason.
Don’t fret. You can avoid the distress of starting from scratch, should your profile ever go missing. LinkedIn lets you back up your account with just a few easy clicks.
In the drop-down menu at the top of your home page, under “Profile”, click on “View profile” and look directly to the right of your profile photo. You should see a few little icons in a row, starting with “Print this profile”. Next to it you’ll see the “Download as PDF” icon. Click on it and save the file somewhere you’ll be able to find it later, if you need to.
I advise you to back up regularly, every month or so. Why not? It’s so easy to do.
Can you guess what I did in the midst of reading Steve’s post? Righto! I PDFed my profile. What are you waiting for?