I have always been suspicious towards social networks.  Still, I have a profile on most networks.  It usually points people towards a place that I control myself (my web presence and my email).

Yesterday, I got a notification by Xing that they deactivated my account.  After some probing, they finally tell me why (because I have two accounts there).  Fine, delete the older one.  Except… that they delete the wrong one.  Answer from Xing: "Sorry, can’t be undone!"

Whatever.  Just another warning to everybody to be careful on how deeply you are willing to invest into a platform that you don’t control.

This is not the first unpleasant encounter I had with Xing, I will probably keep the (barely connected) profile there, until they decide to delete that one too.