Many media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn allow you to open more than one personal account.
What can happen is that you end up with more than one profile online and that means twice the work to keep it current!
But more than that, it can be confusing for your connections and other people who might not know which is the right person to contact.
I’ve run into more than a few clients that have somehow managed to open multiple LinkedIn accounts and have no idea how they did it or how to close the extra ones.
If you’re in the same boat, maybe it’s time to consolidate and close the other account and focus on just one account to highlight your expertise and other business offerings.
Maintaining just a single account will also make you easily searchable and eliminate confusion among people who find you online.
A normal reaction of people coming across two or more of your names on a social networking site would be one of doubt – they won’t know which is the right one and you run the risk that they will postpone connecting with you right then and there unless they can confirm the right account you’re currently using.
On LinkedIn, it is easy to close an account particularly if you have registered twice in the past.
Remember to tell your existing connections on LinkedIn
You have to choose which account you will retain and make sure you tell your connections in the account you are about to close about your decision to close it.
This way, they will know where to look for you. Or you can send an invite from the account you’ll be maintaining before you close the other one.
Note that when you close an account, you will no longer have access to your connections and other information you’ve added there. As such, make sure you copy and paste all information from the account you’ll be closing to the one you’re keeping to complete your profile.
How to Close a LinkedIn Account
To close an account, first you need to find the settings button on the profile page.
Click on that arrow beside your name on the top right corner next to Add Connections.
The Settings will appear as the first item on the drop down menu.
When a new page appears, search for Account on the bottom left below Groups, Companies & Applications.
Click on it and the page will be updated to show the appropriate link where you can close your account.
Look for the Close your account link under the Helpful Links and Upgrade your account.
Click on Close your account and you will then be directed to a page where you need to specify your reason for doing so.
There are four reasons already stated which you can choose from but if you have reasons other than those, you can tick Other and type your own reason for closing the account.
Once you’re done, click the Continue button to confirm your action of removing the account.
Viola! Now you’re sorted and can better maintain your connections on LinkedIn by using just the single profile.
What do you think when you find someone with two accounts – does it confuse you? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.
By Wendy Moore
Copyright 2011 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd
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