Gini Dietrich

Accepting Standard LinkedIn Invites

By: Gini Dietrich | April 13, 2011 | 
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Many months ago, Arik Hanson and I were having a Twitter conversation about LinkedIn. His question?

How do you feel about getting “I’d like to add you to my professional network” requests without any mention of how the person knows you?

That drives me nuts. I do a ton of speaking and I “meet” a lot of people through that, as well as online. If you don’t tell me how you know me, or how we’ve recently met, you’re making me do an awful lot of work to figure it out on my own.

At the time, Ari Herzog jumped into the conversation and said the whole point of social networking is just that: To be social and network.  His point is that you should just accept people into your network.

I disagreed a little bit, at the time. But I disagree even more today.

Why?

I’ll bet I get at least five spam “I’d like to add you to my professional network” requests a day. You can tell they’re spam because the name is usually  something like “Money King,” but sometimes they’re not that obvious. If I went with Ari’s notion, I’d have a good few hundred people in my account, spamming my real network.

Would that piss you off if you were in my network?

Because I have this innate need to want to be liked by everyone, I used to take time to click on the invite, go in to the person’s account, figure out who we know in common, and decide whether or not they’re a good fit for my network.

But that takes a lot of time.

A lot of time that can easily be solved with a, “Hey Gini! We met when you spoke in Omaha last week and I would love to connect with you here.”  Or a “Gini, we follow one another on Twitter. My handle is @imcourteous.”

So. Much. Better.

If someone takes the time to do that, even if I don’t really know them, I will take Ari’s advice and accept them into my network. I’ll also make a note on how we know one another so that when I get an introduction request, I can be courteous back and say, “Hey Paul. We met when I spoke in Omaha last April. A girlfriend of mine is interested in working at your company. May I make an introduction?”

You see, without that point of reference, I can’t be helpful. And THAT is the point of LinkedIn.

What is your policy?

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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178 responses to “Accepting Standard LinkedIn Invites”

  1. KenMueller says:

    Well, I was waiting for someone else to comment so I wasn’t always the first one. I come somewhere in between on this. On Facebook I have a very open friend acceptance policy. It doesn’t mean I accept everyone, but I only reject a select few. As for LinkedIn, I find that most of the requests I get from people that I don’t know are those who are in LinkedIn groups of which I’m a member. I accept some and reject others, and I’m not sure I can clearly articulate how I choose. I’m starting to pull back a little, because while I agree with Ari on the whole notion of networking and being social, I’d like my “professional” network to be a bit more meaningful.

    And boy, I’m sure glad I changed my name from Money King to my real name. Otherwise you never would have accepted me!

  2. russ_dean says:

    I hate the zombie LinkedIn request! It feels very impersonal, like the requester is just someone looking to gnaw on your network…like a zombie (and hence the name). It is called social networking because it is social, but social is a two-way street: be nice in your request and I’ll be nice in my acceptance. Great post Gini as always, and just in case anyone is interested I did write a blog post myself on this a few months ago. http://www.socialmediabrat.com/?p=36 Thanks!

  3. kamkansas says:

    Gini, thanks for covering this topic. My current policy is not to accept LinkedIn requests from anyone I don’t know in real life. (Not someone I just met, either.) I heard that can be risky. But you (and Arik) make some good points, so I may rethink my policy on this. Thanks!

  4. mikecollado says:

    Great post, Gini, as I have a bunch of these “invitations” staring at me. I Agree on both counts… If it is important to connect, then at least take a few seconds to personalize the invitation (pet peeve). I am protective of my LI professional contacts, so I don’t generally accept invitations from unknown contacts – especially ones that claim we’ve done business together when we haven’t. The way I see it, the professionals I am connected to have trusted me with their contacts; I want to be a good steward. I’m more open to using other platforms and some of those relationships springboard into a connection on LI. Thanks!

  5. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller You’re always the first one! Funny about Facebook…I don’t accept anyone there unless they really are friends. I’m too, nutty (as you well know) on there to let the whole world see it. But with LinkedIn, I have to have some point of reference. Just yesterday someone asked me to make an introduction to someone in my network and I panicked because I didn’t recognize the name. Turned out I was one away from a connection to the person so that was an easy save. But what if that person were in my network and I didn’t really know them?

  6. beastoftraal says:

    Contrarian view: I see what value I could gain from the connection and not what that person could gain from me.

    Considering I blogged about this last year, let me indulge in the cardinal social media sin of plugging my very contextually relevant post,

    Here’s why the lack of a personalized LinkedIn Invite message should NOT bother you! http://bit.ly/cTjsPx

  7. barryrsilver says:

    I’m with you Gini. If I don’t have a group in common with the inviter I am reluctant to accept an invite to Link, especially if all I receive is the generic LinkedIn message. If the idea is to make a professional connection I would expect the invite to show some level of professionalism.

  8. ginidietrich says:

    @beastoftraal I like the contrarian view, for sure. I guess it’s all about personal preferences. This morning I had a request from a student at National College. Standard invite. No context. Sorry, kid. You’re not getting in.

  9. PhilipNowak says:

    I’m all over the place on this one, Gini. For the most part, I accept LinkedIn invites if I know the person, met the person, have chatted with the person on some social network or if the person is looking to network within the same industry (social, tech, marketing, etc). Every once in a while, I receive an invite from someone who would like to network as a fellow entrepreneur or business owner, in which case I usually accept after scoping out their profile.

    I always ignore/decline the request if it is a spammer, recruiter for a position/company that is of no interest to me or any random individual where there is absolutely no sign of any connection, similar interest, profession or industry.

  10. maringerov says:

    Hi Gini,

    First time I am leaving a comment on your blog, but not the first time I’m enjoying your writing 🙂 Great work!

    My personal policy when dealing with those anonymous invites is to usually ignore them, especially if the name of the person does not ring a bell. In the beginning I might have been more open to accepting such initations in order to expand my network, but not anymore.

    I have the same approach for twitter followers, btw. I tend to ignore the”eggs” without a bio or at leas a link to a website where you can learn more about them.

    Have a great day!

    Marin

  11. KenMueller says:

    @ginidietrich Well, on Facebook I have to have a point of reference as well. A lot goes back to my previous job before I went out on my own. But I always check to see who we have as friends in common. If we have NO friends in common, and I don’t recognize them from Twitter, I won’t accept that. And you’re not THAT nutty.

    Hope you and Mr. D. had a wonderful day yesterday. I’d ask if you did anything fun, but….I’m afraid of what your answer might be.

  12. KEXINO says:

    The spammers seemed to have upped their game recently and now look very plausible. However I rarely if ever connect with people on Linkedin until I know them fairly well. To me (and this is only with LinkedIn, by the way) having a network of people that you don’t really know somehow reduces the value of your network.

    I have two rules in the “Contact Settings” section of my LinkedIn profile:

    1) If you don’t know me, please let me know why you want to add me to your network.

    2) If you’re not sharing your own contacts list, don’t bother trying to connect with me. It’s called “Social Media” for a reason.

  13. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller LOL! We just had a nice dinner out. Thank you!

  14. KenMueller says:

    @ginidietrich Excellent. My wife and I are celebrating our 26th anniversary in a few months. Still trying to decide between McDonalds and Burger King…

  15. ginidietrich says:

    @russ_dean I wished I’d titled this the Zombie Request!

  16. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller McDonald’s. Better fries.

  17. beastoftraal says:

    @ginidietrich I understand your perspective. There are times I have accepted such kids’ requests but only after assessing their potential based on some criteria – the blog links they have on the profile…their tweets…their other connections and so on. Have hired some such kids later and have also shared their names with other friends who were looking at entry level folks!

  18. ginidietrich says:

    @kamkansas That was my policy early on, too. I think it’s all about your personal boundaries and what makes sense for you. My feeling on it is that I have to know you well enough to be able to make a connection and introduce you to someone should they ask.

  19. ginidietrich says:

    @beastoftraal Yeah, I suppose the difference is this one had none of that and not even a photo. It’s hard to tell if that’s spam or someone genuinely wanting to connect with me in the hopes of building a relationship in order to get a job. But because I’m so active on Twitter and Facebook, I’d rather students connect with me there.

  20. ginidietrich says:

    @mikecollado Amen!

  21. ginidietrich says:

    @barryrsilver Barry! I’ve missed you! I love the “If the idea is to make a professional connection, I would expect the invite to show some level of professionalism.” Amen.

  22. mikecollado says:

    @KEXINO I agree on the sharing of contacts… My contact settings reads: “

    I believe in keeping an open contact list and am therefore only interested in connecting with those who will reciprocate. If you are uncomfortable with your contact list being open to me, then I’ll pass. Thanks.” But that often doesn’t register.

    Good point!

  23. KenMueller says:

    @ginidietrich Holy Cow! First toilet paper over the top, and now McD’s fries. THIS is why I love social media. If neither of us were married I’d be on the next plane to Chicago!

  24. ginidietrich says:

    @PhilipNowak That doesn’t sound like all over the place to me! It’s pretty much the same policy I have. I will accept your standard invite request if I’m in a good mood and don’t mind taking the time to dig into who the heck you are. But it sure would be a lot easier if people did as @barryrsilver says and be professional.

  25. ginidietrich says:

    @maringerov Marin, hi! Welcome! I’m with you both on Twitter and LinkedIn. We’re all busy. Just give me some context.

  26. ginidietrich says:

    @mikecollado @KEXINO You know, both of you raise an interesting point. I’m going to add some “rules” to my contact settings. I like it!

  27. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller And I’d make you some fresh Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

  28. beastoftraal says:

    @ginidietrich Aha! No photo is an instant delete from my side 🙂

  29. KenMueller says:

    @ginidietrich did you try them? did you like them??

  30. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller They are DELICIOUS!

  31. KenMueller says:

    @ginidietrich glad you like them. I’ve never tried the bake your own kits myself.

  32. maringerov says:

    @ginidietrich @maringerov context? sorry, I don’t get your reply 🙂

  33. NancyD68 says:

    My LinkedIn profile is the one that needs the most work. I do tend to accept any invites I get. I do not get spammers because my network is so small that they would be spotted right away. My boss has about 300 in his network, so with my 25, I look like a small fry.

    I actually need more connections there, but feel awkward about connecting with those I don’t know. I do sometimes send invites to members of various groups I am in. The odd thing about LinkedIn is that we want to know the people in our network, yet on Twitter, we often have followers that we don’t know at all.

  34. MaureenB2B says:

    Interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever had a spam LI request. But I am super-bugged by the generic requests. Yes, gimme some context please.

    On the up side – if a generic requester sends me an LI request, I send back a note asking for context. Of course I only do this when the requester looks to have a legit profile.

    Oh and Happy Anniversary!

  35. Lisa Gerber says:

    @kamkansas Kathy, that’s my policy for facebook. On LInkedIn, I’m much more open to connections that are new and relevant, but whom I may not have met in person. A simple note explaining to @ginidietrich ‘s post helps me understand how or why we should be connected.

    Facebook is a closer network, in my opinion.

  36. timjahn says:

    To me, this argument can be had over any online social network, and it always depends on the users personal way of using each network. For me, LinkedIn is a public network used to meet new professionals and expose new folks to my work. There’s zero downside to me accepting all invitations, as they’re all potential new customers/viewers. If it’s as obvious as “Monkey King” or whatever and I’m 99% sure it’s spam, then it’s just as easy to click decline.

    Facebook is a very personal network for me (minus my professional business page), so I am very picky about who I accept friend requests with there. Twitter is another very public network for me, so I’m pretty open.

    Again, completely depends on your personal use of each network. There is no right or wrong answer here, no matter what the idiot gurus tell you.

  37. Hi Gini… I’m with you. If I know them, and they know I know them, then I don’t mind the generic request. On the other hand, I rarely accept random requests unless they jog my memory first… or offer me a really good bribe! 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  38. Hi Gini… I’m with you. If I know them, and they know I know them, then I don’t mind the generic request. On the other hand, I rarely accept random requests unless they jog my memory first… or offer me a really good bribe! 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  39. PhilipNowak says:

    Ha, yea I guess my method isn’t that all over the place. Not like some of those wild and crazy “all or nothing” networkers out there. 🙂

  40. PhilipNowak says:

    Ha, yea I guess my method isn’t that all over the place. Not like some of those wild and crazy “all or nothing” networkers out there. 🙂

  41. FollowtheLawyer says:

    It’s a personal branding issue for me.

    I’m on a big “the least one can do” in social networking kick this week, and to me the automated messages are a form of rudeness. Using a few words of personal greeting or introduction is just basic courtesy. Would you send a birthday card and not at least write “best wishes” and sign your name?

    When I receive an invitation with a non-form message I actually WANT to follow back because it demonstrates that the person will likely have a higher level of engagement and activity than “collectors.”

    Also, from a classic direct response marketing perspective, the default invitation doesn’t make sense. Which direct mail piece is likier to have the higher response rate, one with a hand-written signature or an autosignature?

  42. bradmarley says:

    My policy is that I had to have some sort of interaction with that person.

    For instance, I add reporters to my LinkedIn account, but only if I have worked on a story with them. I won’t send just to send.

    If it’s non-media, same goes: I have to have some type of interaction, be it an email correspondence on a project, met at a meeting, etc.

    That’s how I manage LinkedIn.

  43. SoloBizCoach says:

    While I would prefer people to provide a better introduction with their linkedin request, a lot of people just don’t think about the etiquette of sending these requests. Therefore, I generally accept anyone who isn’t obviously a spammer.

  44. dannyiny says:

    I’m with you, Gini. A social network has no value if the connections aren’t real. If I don’t know them – as in if they email me asking for a favor I have a reason to do it and vice versa – then I generally don’t add them.

    And yeah, I’m with you on those annoying spam invites, too. It’s always someone random that you’ve never heard of, and you click through to see that they’re a financial advisor selling insurance…

  45. PattiRoseKnight says:

    I agree completely Gini – it is just a nice touch to save someone the time of trying to figure out how you know them. There are too many spam/hackers out there to just blindly accept every request.

  46. Personally, the longer I’m in this thing called ‘social media’ Gini, the more interested I am in just that– being social. I could give a rip these days about numbers that mean nothing. All they do is clog up my ability to see other people that I could develop a great relationship with.

    So if you send me a generic LI request, I’m probably going to nuke your invite until you’ve gotten to the point where you know how to say, “Hey Marcus, I like Lions too, can we connect???” 😉

    Marcus

  47. Personally, the longer I’m in this thing called ‘social media’ Gini, the more interested I am in just that– being social. I could give a rip these days about numbers that mean nothing. All they do is clog up my ability to see other people that I could develop a great relationship with.

    So if you send me a generic LI request, I’m probably going to nuke your invite until you’ve gotten to the point where you know how to say, “Hey Marcus, I like Lions too, can we connect???” 😉

    Marcus

  48. DannyBrown says:

    If I don’t know you, haven’t worked with you, never heard of you, and you can’t be assed to tell me why we should connect, you’re deleted.

    LinkedIn (to me) is the professional big brother of the social networks – use it as such.

  49. DannyBrown says:

    If I don’t know you, haven’t worked with you, never heard of you, and you can’t be assed to tell me why we should connect, you’re deleted.

    LinkedIn (to me) is the professional big brother of the social networks – use it as such.

  50. nateriggs says:

    I’m an open networker, per say, but I agree with you. Just like everything else online, LinkedIn can be hacked by spammers and crappy pushy business folks who don’t care about actually forming a relationship. One of the things I do is to reply back to each person who invites me with the default message and ask how they found me. No reply means I don’t add them. Most of the time, people will come back with a pretty honest response and that often leads to good conversation. I recently;y got to know someone from the Netherlands this way. For bonus points on time savings, you can keep that stock reply message on a note and copy and paste to save time managing your responses. 🙂

  51. PattiRoseKnight says:

    @DannyBrown LOVE the professional big brother of social networks!

  52. mikecollado says:

    @ginidietrich @KEXINO I’m curious to hear thoughts on “disconnecting” from those who do not share their connections or later change their settings to not share them. Hello, that’s the value of LI! Has anyone flushed a connection for this reason? Thanks.

  53. Lisa Gerber says:

    really good point!!! (about the birthday card) @FollowtheLawyer

  54. AmandaOleson says:

    I’m with you on this one, Gini. I always want a personalized message with LinkedIn requests. Always.

    If we know each other, why wouldn’t you take the time to write a quick note to me when you send the invite? (For example: “I’m stalking you online!” is totally acceptable, and hilarious.) And obviously, if I’m going to struggle to place the person sending the request – I won’t be accepting without any context or personal message.

  55. DonovanGroupInc says:

    Anyone can fire one of these things off to anyone as a “turkey shoot” and hope to get a few to accept their invite. As you and others have pointed out here – without a personalized or “humanized” set up as to how and where I know the invitee from they are simply more spam and deserve to be treated as such. Thanks BFF.

  56. jonesima says:

    Totally agree…even a simple intro on facebook is better than a blank friend invite. Great post!

    -Jeremy

    http://www.twitter.com/jonesima open to meeting new people in this great community just tag #SpinSucks.com

  57. JohnLeavy says:

    I have to disagree with Arik. I’ve been on LinkedIn for years and it is really ungoing a change…a change for the worse I’m sorry to say. Ever been to a networking event where a stranger approaches you, hands you a business card with a smile and then tries to qualify you in less than 30 seconds. If you don not respond favorablely they then spot their next prey and leave you talking to yourself. They have no intention of being social or desire to network. These people that innocently want to connect on LinkedIn are cut from the same cloth. Next next time you receive a LinkedIn invite that says “I’d like to add you to my professional network” you think “I’m looking for new business and I’d like to sent you an endless stream of SPAM about my terrific, fantastic products or services.” No thanks to these LinkedIn intruders..their invites hit the deleted folder faster than you can yell POLICE!

  58. DannyBrown says:

    @PattiRoseKnight I was gonna say the Serious Aunt but @ginidietrich seemingly has that trademarked.

  59. ExpatDoctorMom says:

    I have been cautious on allowing people in… But that is just me. And I am not fond of any group after joining a healthcare one and being sent countless emails from just that one group.

    I have sometimes sent a message back (on FB) saying how do I know you? If no response then they are out!

    Rajka

  60. ExpatDoctorMom says:

    I have been cautious on allowing people in… But that is just me. And I am not fond of any group after joining a healthcare one and being sent countless emails from just that one group.

    I have sometimes sent a message back (on FB) saying how do I know you? If no response then they are out!

    Rajka

  61. pollywade says:

    To be a true connection, I think there needs to be some context. A blind request to connect doesn’t work for me. If we met, talked on the phone, got introduced via email, etc. — I’ll accept. And if I want to connect with someone I met at a large event, yes, I’ll definitely add a point of reference to the request. I just think it builds a stronger, more effective connection.

  62. KDillabough says:

    @pollywade Couldn’t say it any better Polly. I think context is key, and providing that context takes only a moment. It helps to jog the memory of the receiver, or provides the ah-ha reminder of where we might have met, who’s a mutual acquaintance, or the like. And since it’s all about building, in your words, a “stronger, more effective connection”, why wouldn’t we take the time to provide that context? Kaarina

  63. KDillabough says:

    @AmandaOleson Totally with you on that Amanda (and I love your stalking comment!)

    It only takes a moment to provide context, and it shows you care to connect.

  64. KenMueller says:

    @Lisa Gerber @kamkansas @ginidietrich It’s funny, I’m a bit more open on Facebook, than I am on Linked In. I try not to use the “in real life” designation too much. I think there was a time for that, but now, I believe it is a false construct. We are now at the point where our online lives ARE part of our real lives. I’m thankful that I’ve met people like Gini on here and we HAVE connected on a variety of platforms. We’ve had some great online conversations, and I think we do know each other, at least to some level. But that’s more a factor of both of our personalities. She and I have never met in person, and may NEVER meet in person. (how sad would that be??). But I have no problem connecting with her on either FB or LinkedIn

  65. KDillabough says:

    @FollowtheLawyer Oh, I so like all of this! I often wonder why someone would send a greeting card through snail-mail with only their signature on it. Seems like a complete waste of a postage stamp and a tree! I feel the same way about online.

    Just because we can automate, doesn’t mean we don’t have to remember manners. Common courtesy and good manners and etiquette…call me old-fashioned, but I maintain they’re important…even moreso in a digital age! So a few words of greeting or providing some context is spot on. Kaarina

  66. KDillabough says:

    Gini, I took the time to read through the comments first, and found that the theme of common courtesy, manners, context and etiquette cropped up, all of which support your theme of context.

    A combination of context and courtesy is, in my opinion, the winning combination. So my policy is to always provide context, a compliment, valuable content and/or courtesy when linking or connecting. Now how’s that for alliteration?! Kaarina

  67. KDillabough says:

    Gini, I took the time to read through the comments first, and found that the theme of common courtesy, manners, context and etiquette cropped up, all of which support your theme of context.

    A combination of context and courtesy is, in my opinion, the winning combination. So my policy is to always provide context, a compliment, valuable content and/or courtesy when linking or connecting. Now how’s that for alliteration?! Kaarina

  68. KDillabough says:

    Gini, I took the time to read through the comments first, and found that the theme of common courtesy, manners, context and etiquette cropped up, all of which support your theme of context.

    A combination of context and courtesy is, in my opinion, the winning combination. So my policy is to always provide context, a compliment, valuable content and/or courtesy when linking or connecting. Now how’s that for alliteration?! Kaarina

  69. AmandaOleson says:

    @KDillabough I can’t take credit for the online stalking comment… that’s all @ginidietrich . I loved it though!

  70. AmandaOleson says:

    @KDillabough I can’t take credit for the online stalking comment… that’s all @ginidietrich . I loved it though!

  71. AmandaOleson says:

    @KDillabough I can’t take credit for the online stalking comment… that’s all @ginidietrich . I loved it though!

  72. KDillabough says:

    @AmandaOleson @ginidietrich Oops, my bad:( And my apologies Gini:)

  73. Lisa Gerber says:

    @KDillabough @FollowtheLawyer you just made me think of holiday cards! it drives me NUTS to receive holiday cards with nothing but a signature on it. I agree completely that it is waste because I open it and it goes directly into the trash. It has no meaning to me.

  74. Lisa Gerber says:

    @KenMueller @kamkansas @ginidietrich We each have our own goals on each of the networks, and that’s perfect. There isn’t a right or wrong. What we all share is having some sort of unwritten personal social media policy. 🙂

  75. KDillabough says:

    @Lisa Gerber @FollowtheLawyer Lisa, I couldn’t agree more on the holiday cards. When I get these I have to wonder: why did they bother? Kaarina

  76. marianne.worley says:

    I consider myself an open networker in that I accept all LinkedIn connection requests (except from the obvious spammer types), even if the invitation isn’t customized.

    However, when I send out invitations to people, I always customize the request, even when I know the person really well. I try to make it a habit to read profiles and look for things we have in common. To me, it’s all about connecting and engaging with interesting people. I don’t focus on the numbers.

  77. FollowtheLawyer says:

    @KDillabough @Lisa Gerber

    “At this joyous time of year, we’d like to remind you that we are a vendor too lazy to make a 1:1 connection…”

  78. FollowtheLawyer says:

    @DannyBrown

    I’ll send you an invitation to see if I make the cut 🙂

  79. C_Pappas says:

    I am very strict about who I let in my network. As you had described the way you looked into those generic requests, I will often click through to the person’s profile and go from there to make my final decision. I spend a lot of time in the groups asking questions and participating in others (1 hour per day at least) so I get a lot of requests from people in the groups who see my comments. I hesitate to accept, decline or ignore these people because I dont know how they will take it. If you sent out a request and didnt receive a response, what would you say? Unfortunately LinkedIn removed the ability to send a message to someone requesting to connect – I used to use this to send a note saying why I would not connect with them just so they were not left hanging. I also participate in a lot of groups where our target audience ‘hangs out’. Am I doing a diservice to my sales team or company by declining a request to connect from someone who may or may not be a potential customer?

  80. KDillabough says:

    @FollowtheLawyer @Lisa Gerber Oh my gosh I can’t stop laughing!!!!

  81. 3HatsComm says:

    I am 129.438% with you Gini. HATE the generic LinkedIn invite. Even the tenuous “OMG! we both like Oxygen, think O2 just rules!!! We have SO much in common and should do business together!” is at least better than that. I did my own blog rant about a year ago. (Think I may have used the same awesome Someecard! Love those.)

    Either way, there has to have been SOMETHING; maybe we had a nice discussion at a luncheon or met at a TweetUp; for a virtual connection, then a LI chat in a group, maybe a Q&A exchange or usually, Twitter and blog conversations. So that’s my policy; I check your profile and see if we have anything really to connect. If not, I may suggest following on Twitter, checking out blogs first .. but that’s usually the end of it. FWIW.

  82. 3HatsComm says:

    I am 129.438% with you Gini. HATE the generic LinkedIn invite. Even the tenuous “OMG! we both like Oxygen, think O2 just rules!!! We have SO much in common and should do business together!” is at least better than that. I did my own blog rant about a year ago. (Think I may have used the same awesome Someecard! Love those.)

    Either way, there has to have been SOMETHING; maybe we had a nice discussion at a luncheon or met at a TweetUp; for a virtual connection, then a LI chat in a group, maybe a Q&A exchange or usually, Twitter and blog conversations. So that’s my policy; I check your profile and see if we have anything really to connect. If not, I may suggest following on Twitter, checking out blogs first .. but that’s usually the end of it. FWIW.

  83. Kajoom J. Schneider says:

    I’ve written many articles on networking (some of them good) and I ALWAYS scold people about the generic invitation, especially when they use the “friend” or “work with” function because they don’t actually know the person. It may be a way of getting around the system but I advise people to at least include a personal note informing the recipient about WHY they want to connect.

    Using the default invitation is like running past a person at a networking event and throwing a business card at them. They think you’re nuts and someone usually gets a paper cut on the face

  84. KenMueller says:

    @3HatsComm I’m with you on this, but…O2 really DOES rule. Heck, Gini and I bonded over toilet paper!

    But seriously, I agree with your point, but only 128.352%. I’m gonna start watching these invitations to connect a bit more closely.

  85. 3HatsComm says:

    @Lisa Gerber @KenMueller @kamkansas @ginidietrich Facebook is my personal network. Yes I have business friends who are on the “biz” list meaning Gini doesn’t see or share the ‘having a good time, wearing a sombrero on my cruise” pictures. You don’t right? 😉 LinkedIn is my professional network, which I keep just that, professional. Not sure I think of either as ‘open’ or ‘closed’ .. just are what they are. I don’t require the IRL meeting as via Twitter and blogging, I’ve gotten to know some folks well enough, feel more than comfortable adding them to LI.

  86. 3HatsComm says:

    @timjahn 9 out of 5 idiot gurus agree. 😉

  87. Hi Gini,

    How would a recent graduate (MBA Marketing) network with others on Linked In? Here’s my sob story, lol! I live in Texas in a cotton farming community of 6,000 people. I completed my degree program online though Marylhurst University. There is no professional Marketing group in the “big city” near me. I would have to travel 6 hours to participate in such a group. I am also currently unemployed…which does not help matters.

    So, I am guilty of sending said “standard” Linked In invitations. I have sent invitations to individuals who working in the marketing field or work for companies that I have an interest in working for. I have also connected with classmates. For the moment, I have no other method of networking with others in the field. I also have, Twitter and Facebook accounts and have made a couple of network connections, but the 140 character conversation is a bit challenging for me. I am learning as quick as I can, lol!

    I would welcome any suggestions or comments anyone has, to help me make a more sincere invitation request. Thanks! Ramon

  88. 3HatsComm says:

    @AmandaOleson I’ve done the silly with a LI request.. ‘time we made this mutual admiration thing official’ or something to that effect once I’ve gotten to know folks and hope they’ll get my silly sense of humor.. not think me a wacky stalker.

  89. 3HatsComm says:

    @KenMueller Or maybe just that percentage who’s bad at math.. or don’t like oxygen. 😉

  90. KenMueller says:

    @3HatsComm pfft. those oxygen haters can just die

  91. KenMueller says:

    @3HatsComm Holy cow, I’m sitting here liking Davina’s replies and I just realized she’s from Atlanta. Probably a Braves fan. And I’m a Phillies fan! This can’t be!

  92. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @RamonMartinezJr Join LinkedIn groups and connect with members of those groups. From there you can use the “introduction feature.” List yourself as a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker, but as others have pointed out, watch out for spammers). Use Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to create an online network you can build all social media outlets upon. It’s not hard — it just takes time, effort and good manners to connect with people.

  93. @Kaboom J. Schneider @RamonMartinezJr Thanks for the advice…how do you list yourself as a LION? I have seen this on some profiles but I didn’t understand what it actually meant. if I do this, how do I spot the spammers? Thanks, again! Ramon

  94. ginidietrich says:

    @RamonMartinezJr In addition to @Kaboom J. Schneider advice, I would keep doing what you’re doing, but add a personal note to each person. If you sent me a note that referenced that you read Spin Sucks and you particularly liked the LinkedIn post, with an invite to connect, I’d definitely accept it.

  95. ginidietrich says:

    @Kaboom J. Schneider Only some!? LOL! I also love your analogy. I’m totally stealing that when I speak. I’ll credit you.

  96. ginidietrich says:

    @3HatsComm I was really, really hoping we weren’t LI friends so I could send you that exact invite. But alas!

    I’m with you. I’ve been overly kind in digging into the person’s profile to figure out how I know them, but I’m getting tired of doing that. I’ll bet I spend a good 30-45 minutes a week doing it. Not a lot of time, in the grand scheme of things, but I’d rather spend that time doing something else, like reading a good book.

  97. ginidietrich says:

    @C_Pappas You should still be able to send a message – I’ve gotten three requests that way today. I don’t know that you’re doing a disservice to your sales team or company by not connecting. How would you feel if you did connect with someone, through a generic request, and they ended up being a competitor?

  98. ginidietrich says:

    @marianne.worley I love that you do this (I do too)! My favorite, for someone I know really well, is “I’m stalking you online!” 🙂

  99. ginidietrich says:

    @KDillabough I LOVE the alliteration!

  100. ginidietrich says:

    @ExpatDoctorMom I really do believe it’s all very personal. You are the only one who can decide what your boundaries are and when it’s OK to stretch them.

  101. ginidietrich says:

    @ExpatDoctorMom I really do believe it’s all very personal. You are the only one who can decide what your boundaries are and when it’s OK to stretch them.

  102. ginidietrich says:

    @JohnLeavy I agree with you, John. And the spammers are getting REALLY good. It makes me nuts.

    Awesome to see you here!

  103. ginidietrich says:

    @JohnLeavy I agree with you, John. And the spammers are getting REALLY good. It makes me nuts.

    Awesome to see you here!

  104. ginidietrich says:

    @jonesima Love, love, love that you included your Twitter handle and a hashtag!

  105. ginidietrich says:

    @jonesima Love, love, love that you included your Twitter handle and a hashtag!

  106. ginidietrich says:

    @DonovanGroupInc Do I know you?

  107. ginidietrich says:

    @KDillabough @AmandaOleson LOL! I totally did that to Amanda earlier this week.

  108. ginidietrich says:

    @nateriggs That’s a really good idea, Nate! I’m totally stealing it for my next generic request.

  109. ginidietrich says:

    @DannyBrown And then you can know someone for a long time and just connect a week ago (cough)

  110. ginidietrich says:

    @Marcus_Sheridan Hang on a second. Checking to see if we’re connected. We’re not. SWEET! I get to use what you just said.

  111. ginidietrich says:

    @PattiRoseKnight This is why I love you, Patti!

  112. ginidietrich says:

    @dannyiny LOL! Or a recruiter. That’s totally my favorite. Um, you do know I OWN A BUSINESS?!

  113. ginidietrich says:

    @SoloBizCoach I do too…I’m just tired of being the one who has to figure out how I know the person. Maybe I’m getting lazy in my old age. 🙂

  114. ginidietrich says:

    @bradmarley Hello hand! 🙂 We were just talking about that internally here. Some guy from Aflac is trying to sell us insurance. First he DM’d us on Twitter and then, gasp, sent a FB friend request. I think not.

  115. ginidietrich says:

    @FollowtheLawyer Now that you say that, I’m pretty sure I’ve NEVER received a birthday card without a message.

  116. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Hang on. Testing your bribery theory.

  117. ginidietrich says:

    @timjahn I agree with you that is completely personal and up to each of us to decide where our boundaries lie. But really. How hard is it to type a sentence or two, even if you do know the person really well?

  118. ginidietrich says:

    @MaureenB2B Thank you…on all fronts!

  119. ginidietrich says:

    @NancyD68 To me, the difference is that, once you’re a connection, you have access to A LOT of information about the people I know. I get asked all the time for an introduction to someone in my network. If I don’t know that person, it’s pretty awkward.

  120. ginidietrich says:

    @maringerov Context, hmmm…help me understand how I know you.

  121. RicardoBueno says:

    Back when you could customize the invite, here’s what my process looked like:

    1.) I wrote a blog post to recap the event (often, I was the speaker and took lots of photos). This post included a fun Animoto video and links to the photos on my Flickr Account.

    2.) I sent a semi-personlized LinkedIn invitation that read something to the effect of: “Hey Gini, So great to meet you at the Ribeeziepalooza Tech Conference last week! Boy those two days flew by didn’t they? Anyway, here’s some photos from the event: [link to post here]. I look forward to staying in touch and please let me know how I can help you with anything… Best, Ricardo B. | a.k.a. Ribeezie”

    To date I have 500+ connections and ~40 recommendations (from speaking + clients). But I don’t use the network as much. I have invite requests from people I don’t know or can’t recall meeting. And an annoying stream of people who link they’re Twitter accounts (I call this bit Lazy Marketing).

    It used to be that (like you), I’d click on a person’s profile, see what they do, click thru to their website and viola, a connection was made if we shared similar interests/goals. Now, I see spam. And requests for recommendations from people I DON’T KNOW.

    It’s still my favorite (or one of my favorite) social networks, always will be. I’m just not pleased with some of the ways it’s tried to catch up on the social game that networks like Facebook and Twitter play.

  122. PointA_PointB says:

    Great topic! I had someone send me the generic LinkedIn request and it took quite a while to dig around and figure out who she was. We worked together 15 years ago but she made no mention of the company or that she got married and has a new last name. Major fail. I am always happy to connect with former colleagues and it takes a click or two to make the whole process more professional and easier for everyone.

  123. Thank you, @ginidietrich @Kaboom J. Schneider, I am slowly learning Linked In etiquette 101. Who knew…I never knew…until now! Your advice sounds easy enough to follow. So off I go, for some more learnin’ and connectin’ (I’m a Texan, what can I say? LOL!) Don’t be surprised if’n I come knockin’ at yer Linked In door!!! Funnin’ aside, thank you, I appreciate the advice! Ramon

  124. HeatherWhaling says:

    The worst ones are when someone claims to have done business with you, when in reality, you’ve never worked with them. Just because we’re connected via Twitter doesn’t mean we’ve done business together.

    I used to be much stricter about who I would accept LI invites from, but now I’m a bit more open. Even still, if I have *no idea* who you are or how we know each other, I’ll leave your invite in LinkedIn purgatory — I won’t accept it, but I won’t necessarily deny it either. If you’re a PR student, I’ll accept it. If you’re someone who participates in #pr20chat — even if I don’t know you personally — I’ll happily connect with you. But, it’s the people in the middle who I can’t quite place that I sort of ignore. At some point, maybe I’ll take the time to research who the person is. But, i figure if it’s someone I *really* want in my network, I’ll either remember them past business dealings or they’ll take the time to say “hey, remember when we worked on Project X together …” I find LinkedIn to be very spammy (far more so than Twitter or Facebook, IMO), so I try to cut down on the spam by being a bit pickier. Right or wrong? Who knows, but it’s what works for me. For now at least. 🙂

  125. HowieSPM says:

    I am back! Anyone miss me? I see 111 comments. I bet every single one is where is the Alien duder? Hold on let me read them! Wow I knew it. That is so nice to feel missed. Well I have returned. You can all carry on and now relax and stop worrying.

  126. HowieSPM says:

    Oops I forgot. Yes I actually do not accept LinkedIn requests from strangers, nor do I automatically follow people back on Twitter, and I never accept a friend request on Facebook if I don’t know you.

    As issue is network access. This is no different about why I refuse to do anything on Facebook that is a 3rd party Platform for a Brand that gives them access to my friends and associates without their permission. I am not sure if LinkedIn does the same but I am pretty sure it then allows you to see the other persons network. So it is as much a matter of respecting your network connections as your yourself.

  127. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @RamonMartinezJr There are LION groups but the rules are… accept ever invite. Soooo, spammers join the groups. You can just list (LION) on your profile with your name, but again, you get spammers.

    I think the best thing to do is join groups of either like-minded people or groups that contain the people with whom you wish to do business and you will have the connect option of being in the same group.

    Keep in mind that networking is not a numbers game — it’s a quality business. Charlie Sheen may have millions of Twitter followers but would any of them piss on him to put out the flames if he was on fire? Well, maybe that’s a bad analogy.

  128. Thank you, @Kaboom J. Schneider , for the information on LIONs. I think the only LION I want is my birthday! I don’t want to increase my numbers as I would like to build a network that I can contribute to in some way.

    Bad analogy or not…I loved it! 😉

  129. 3HatsComm says:

    @ginidietrich @RamonMartinezJr @Kaboom J. Schneider You should have some special password or catchphrase in the post Gini, that way you can sure people have read it and are Spin Sucks approved. 😉

  130. 3HatsComm says:

    @KenMueller It is so, I am a Braves fan.. but likes me a good Philly Cheesesteak, so I ain’t all bad.

  131. 3HatsComm says:

    @KenMueller It is so, I am a Braves fan.. but likes me a good Philly Cheesesteak, so I ain’t all bad.

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  133. 3HatsComm says:

    @ginidietrich I could unfriend you, see what you’d send. J/K 😉

  134. 3HatsComm says:

    @ginidietrich I could unfriend you, see what you’d send. J/K 😉

  135. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @ginidietrich Oh, sure… blame ME!

  136. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @RamonMartinezJr @Kaboom J. Schneider normally a little note like: ‘Dude do you remember getting hammered with me a week ago? I still can’t find where I parked my car. How many shots did we do? BTW will you be in my LinkedIn network?’ goes a long way.

  137. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @RamonMartinezJr That’s one approach. Through trial and failure, there are many things I’ve found to not be effective when networking, either in person or online. One should probably never…

    Accidentally have your shirt open to show a Superman Logo shirt underneath and say,“oops! I guess the secret’s out.”

    Ask in a trembling voice, “you wouldn’t happen to have any anti-depressants or a weapon with you?”

    Keep looking around nervously and ask if the person has seen any KGB agents around.

    Wear tin foil on your shoes and tell people that they keep you safe from government mind experiments.

    Tell people how great it is to finally be left out of your box for a couple of hours.

    Ask if your pants fly is open and comment that it should be because you’re urinating.

    Repeat “you have business?” over and over in broken English with an unidentifiable accent until the person walks away.

    Do nothing but quote lines from “Caddyshack.”

    Make a raspberry noise every time you take a step.

    Listen intently to someone tell you what he or she do and then shake like you have a chill while hugging yourself and say “I’m going to need to take a long shower after hearing that!”

    Tell people you work for a certain government agency and your official title is “cleaner.”

    Say you’re an undertaker and then look the person up and down and comment how they would fit in a “number 6.”

    Send thank you notes and end with a statement that you may be pregnant (whether you’re a man or woman) and believe they are the father (whether it’s a man or woman).

  138. KenMueller says:

    mmmm. Cheesesteak. If you think about it, they have all four of the basic food groups….

  139. kamkansas says:

    @Kaboom J. Schneider @ginidietrich Haha! That analogy is hilarious even BEFORE the paper cut on the face! You should do a YouTube video skit about this!

  140. @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @RamonMartinezJr @Kaboom J. Schneider Oh man, I have obviously taken the wrong approach to networking. I need to get out more!

  141. @Kaboom J. Schneider @HowieSPM Wait…the LinkedIn etiquette book didn’t say anything about being a comedian…I’m in big trouble. Aye chihuahua!

  142. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @kamkansas @ginidietrich If I were to do a video, it would be a Sam Peckenpaw/John Woo type with business cards flying like ninja stars and severing limbs, sticking in eyes and blood squirting everywhere. “Networking Ninja!” It could work.

  143. Kaboom J. Schneider says:

    @RamonMartinezJr @HowieSPM “If you’re going to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they’ll kill you!” – Billy Wilder

  144. HowieSPM says:

    @RamonMartinezJr @Kaboom J. Schneider I think @ginidietrich listed me in the SpinSucks Media Kit under ‘Lurkers and Rapscallions’ in that ‘Beware Section’

  145. @HowieSPM @Kaboom J. Schneider @ginidietrich Oh man, I never read the ‘Beware Section’ on blogs. I guess I better start because lurkers and especially rapscallions are nothing but trouble…just saying!

  146. jennwhinnem says:

    I embrace the idea of “my network’s network.” Meaning, I will connect with people who not only benefit me, but also my network.

    But even so, geez, please send me a friendly note if you want to connect. That’s all. Even just add “Hi Jenn!”

  147. Steve Birkett says:

    Each network has its own set of norms and courtesies, which to me makes each different in terms of the ‘socializing’ that we undertake on a given platform. Linkedin is, outwardly, a professional network and our communication there should be conducted accordingly, so I fully agree that people adding others should make it clear why they’re reaching out. Beyond that, it’s simply common courtesy if you know that the person will have to work to recall who you are.

    The other facet, one which applies most strikingly to Linkedin, is that your network reflects you professionally on that site. It’s used far more to connect to employers and references, sometimes in relation to jobs where quality networks are crucial. If our network contains thousands of people across seemingly disconnected professions and disciplines, that could reflect poorly on the trust we place in just about anybody.

    Twitter is a great place to be friendly and openly chat to just about anyone who reaches out to you. Why not use the more appropriate tool for the job, then expand to Linkedin if the relationship calls for it?

  148. 3HatsComm says:

    @jennwhinnem I like the idea of helping others in your network, such a good point! Makes me want to work on improving mine. I think part of that is being a little careful who I LI, protect my network from a would-be scam artist.

  149. 3HatsComm says:

    @KenMueller IDK.. is there caffeine, chocolate or wine in a cheesesteak? 😉

  150. KenMueller says:

    @3HatsComm @KenMueller hmm. not usually. but those could be dessert!

  151. KenMueller says:

    @3HatsComm @KenMueller hmm. not usually. but those could be dessert!

  152. This drives me nuts! I even put notes on my invites if it’s someone I know and am really close to. I even put a special note when I invited my Dad into my network.

    I get tons of these. I own a business-specialized transcription company and I stopped accepting invites with no messages. 90% of them were medical transcription companies trying to get me to outsource work to them. I got a really bad taste in my mouth over LinkedIn because of scummy people like that. Sersiously, they don’t even wait 4 minutes after I accept them to spam my account.

    But on the other hand, if it is someone I met and it’s not clear to me I’m probably missing out on them.

  153. ginidietrich says:

    @Steve Birkett I get an amen?!

  154. ginidietrich says:

    @EricaCosminsky It has become a lot of gross sales people, hasn’t it?

  155. ginidietrich says:

    @EricaCosminsky It has become a lot of gross sales people, hasn’t it?

  156. HowieSPM says:

    @Kaboom J. Schneider @ginidietrich @RamonMartinezJr I love this! LOL

  157. This was beat into our head enough during Me, Inc that #kelley MBA’s know not to send standard linkedin invites, http://tinyurl.com/3qezz3w

  158. patmcgraw says:

    Great post – I just ignore the generic copy/invitation from strangers. Long ago, I would reply with “Why do you think we should connect?” but that drew so few responses that I stopped investing the time.

    Today, you need to put forth a little effort and reference something we have in common and/or why you want to connect – and then I accept in a heartbeat.

    As for my own invitations to connect, I make sure I explain exactly what I am thinking so they see a potential benefit for accepting and getting to know me.

    I agree that the goal is to meet new people but tell me why – what’s in it for me? And if I can be of service to you, I want you to know how and that you can call on me whenever I can be of assistance. But connecting for the sake of connecting is wasted energy.

  159. arminda says:

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Need I say more? I completely agree with you, but that may be because we share the same innate need to want to be liked by everyone.

  160. arminda says:

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I completely agree with you on this one, Gini. Of course, that may just be because we share the same innate need to want to be liked by everyone.

  161. arminda says:

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I completely agree with you on this one, Gini. Of course, that may just be because we share the same innate need to want to be liked by everyone.

  162. AngelaRMyers says:

    I am new to LinkedIn, but I assume that that an introduction and reminder on how the potential connection met you was a given. This is not a friend request on Facebook, this is a professional contact site and no explanation would be inappropriate. As a side note, after reading a comment from HeatherWhaling below about LinkedIn being spammy… I’m truly shocked. I thought it was the elite of the social media networking sites.

  163. ginidietrich says:

    @arminda Love, love, love seeing you here! Did you happen to meet justinthesouth in Knoxville this week?!

  164. ginidietrich says:

    @AngelaRMyers It used to be the elite, but it’s gotten really spammy. But good for you for assuming an introduction and reminder were standard. We need more of you!

  165. ginidietrich says:

    @patmcgraw I agree. It’s not that hard to write a couple of sentences about why I’m inviting you to connect. It’s POLITE.

  166. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM I missed you!

  167. ginidietrich says:

    @HeatherWhaling This morning @Griddy and I were laughing at all the invites we’ve gotten where people have said we worked together. I was a photographer. I had NO idea! So we agree…don’t use that as a crutch to get into my network.

  168. ginidietrich says:

    @PointA_PointB Wow. I’m impressed you went to that length to figure out who she was. I think I would have given up.

  169. ginidietrich says:

    @RicardoBueno I’ve gotten to your point – if you don’t tell me how we know one another, too bad. You’re spam. We’re all busy and you expecting me to figure it out is just not courteous. And I really, really like your second point. A LOT!

  170. @Kaboom J. Schneider @HowieSPM Oh, I forgot to mention…you guys are my new comedic heroes. A round of drinks for everyone we have more networking to do. Cheers!

  171. arminda says:

    Well, for the record, I have tried to post comments on numerous occasions, but this is the first time Livefyre recognized and allowed me to post. Hopefully, this will be a positive trend moving forward. And, yes,justinthesouth & I met and hugged and agreed you’re awesome!

  172. Steve Birkett says:

    @ginidietrich @AngelaRMyers I find that a lot of users have taken the professional-to-professional nature as a green light to constantly pitch to groups and individuals. I feel like they behave less this way on other networks, including Facebook, yet the ‘business’ aspect of Linkedin seems to make it acceptable.

    We can do everyone a favor by making clear – in a pleasant and sociable manner, of course – that good manners and SM etiquette still apply.

  173. barryrsilver says:

    @Steve Birkett @ginidietrich @AngelaRMyers

    Steve,,

    I agree with you that some may think the biz. nature of LinkedIn allows the unlimited “hawking of wares” as though it were an open air marketplace. I believe however, it is a waste of time to gently and respectfully nudge self-touts in the proper direction. By the time someone has joined LinkedIn (or any other SM site that counts adults as a target) if they haven’t yet learned to 1. Listen 2. Have some insight as to the culture of the forum then 3. Speak, they never will.

  174. KensViews says:

    I’m still surprised when I got standard LinkedIn invitations, particularly those from strangers, because it says something like “I want to add you to my professional network because you’re someone I trust”. Wait a minute–you don’t know me yet you trust me? And you want to connect, and you can’t take TEN SECONDS to tell me why?! That’s like going up to someone at a party and saying “I’d like to be friends…” and nothing more. All the more inexcusable, because there is so much out there that says “Do NOT use LinkedIn’s standard invitation” and that shares the right way to start a connection on LinkedIn, or anywhere else in social media. C’mon people! Guess I’ve got my crankypants on this morning!

    • Gini Dietrich says:

      I can’t wait to see you next month. I’m going to walk up to someone we don’t know and say, “I’d like to be friends because you’re someone I trust.”

  175. gurnage says:

    I fully agree with your post. Just because we are digitally networking doesn’t mean that people should blindly send invites to strangers. I make it a point to specifically tell the person how I know them/if we worked together when I send a network request on LinkedIn.

    Sometimes they don’t know me, but if I tell them I am a fan of their blog or that I liked their article on “x” topic, the response I get is more of surprise and always an accepted invite. I get more responses thanking me for specifically stating why I am asking to connect than any other reason. It should not be the recipient’s job to have to spend wasted time researching how or even if they know the person asking to connect.

    For those connect requests that I receive, I will always accept if someone says they graduated from my college or are a member of the same group than a blind invite. I have chosen to ignore these requests. How can they be beneficial if they don’t make an effort?

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