- Relationships are all about depth, not breadth: Accepting only your strongest connections means that you can focus your attention only on those you have a strong real-world relationship with.
- Why add names of people who you don’t know, and who seek the relationship only to “spam” you with sales pitches and other irrelevant updates?
- There is a risk that your connections will reach out to each other, and imply that their common link from you is an endorsement: in other words, you don’t want reputation used without your knowledge.
- You don’t want your status updates littered with updates from people you don’t know or care about.
- People will pester you asking for introductions. Beyond the time commitment required, you may not feel comfortable giving the recommendation. Or you may feel uncomfortable explicitly saying no.
- Your details are private… and should stay that way.
- Your connections are very senior, and you don’t want to share them with recruiters or salespeople.
- If someone wants to be part of your community, why not? It is their first step in building a real relationship: the least you can do is reciprocate.
- As email spam filters become even more restrictive, communicating via LinkedIn’s status updates and the LinkedIn messaging system will become even more important.
- The more connections you have, the bigger your network. A large network means you are only one (or two) hops away from an introduction.
- Why bother trying to keep your contact list up-to-date, when LinkedIn (or rather each individual) can do it for you?
- If you are a recruiter or a salesperson, a large network opens the door to even more candidates or prospects.
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