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Tips from the LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 10

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Let’s do this in reverse order. It is so frustrating when you receive an invitation from someone who is building a network purely as a numbers game. They are just burning through their initial limited supply of invitations (3,000) and responding to a message like this is like flocking to the Firesale announcement of local stores “Going out of business!”

There is not anything wrong with building a large, open network on LinkedIn. My partner and I have both already hit the 30,000 mark, then went back and deleted the profiles that seemed faked so we could accept more people. The key is, if you’re building this type of network on LinkedIn, do it with the understanding that you’re connecting to people, not numbers.

Building a network of that size is not about hitting numbers to brag about; it’s about connecting with people around the country, and around the world, that you can collaborate with and reach out to on a scale that simply wasn’t possible before LinkedIn.

Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva, is a speaker, trainerauthor and radio host in the LinkedIn and social media world. One of LinkedIn's Top Three Most Connected Women, she has influenced tens of thousands of people during her 15+ year speaking and training career. She is one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers of 2012. Wouldn't you like to meet The Diva too?


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  1. Nanita says:

    Hmpf. Isn’t the WHOLE POINT of LinkedIn was to create a network of people whose referrals you could rely on to be personally tested and confirmed, through ACTUAL WORKING KNOWLEDGE of the people on your connections list?

    These 30,000-person networks can’t possibly be that. In fact, I just went through my LinkedIn account and disconnected from anyone whose name I did not recognize. Deleted about 50 people that way. Yeah, my list is smaller, but more genuine connections are better, in my opinion, and I don’t believe anybody can possibly have 30,000 REAL connections. And yes, I’ve heard all about the power of weak ties. Fie.

    In general, I distrust LinkedIn “rockstars.” Lots of notches in their belts, but not a reliable, actionable network.

  2. Scott Allen says:

    Nanita:

    I *used* to feel pretty much the same way you do. There are lots of early posts on here to that effect.

    What I also knew all along is that there are lots of levels of “connections”, and that LinkedIn simply doesn’t handle degree of connection very well, period. For example, there’s the problem of asymmetrical relationships, i.e., the customer knows the service provider’s work, but that doesn’t mean the service provider knows much of anything about the customer. They paid their bill on time. Or what about the person who read your book and it changed their business/life? Or the regular reader of your blog?

    Point is, there’s a spectrum, and LinkedIn isn’t built to handle that — you’re either connected or you’re not.

    So the whole trusted referral thing falls apart if you’re using the fact that you’re connected on LinkedIn to determine whether or not to make the referral.

    The new Twitter lists, Facebook lists and Google+ circles features have called my attention to the fact that you really need to be more granular than just “in vs. out” in order to manage your attention and your trust effectively.

    It also depends, I’ve always said, on the nature of your business and what you’re trying to accomplish. If you’re selling enterprise software into the Fortune 500, having 30K connections is pretty pointless. If, on the other hand, you’re positioning yourself as a subject matter expert to a very, very broad audience, or if you represent a B2C company, then it makes a lot more sense.

    Having a network of 30K people doesn’t mean that you have 30K people who are reliable and willing to take action. But you can still have the exact same 500-1,000 trusted, actionable relationships, and the rest “on the periphery” — within your sphere of influence — *potential* actionable relationships.

    Many years ago, had LinkedIn kept a tighter rein on things, it might be different now. But since the cow’s out of the bag and the cats are out of the barn, the game has changed significantly.

    I’m not suggesting it’s the best approach for you, or everyone — I’m just saying don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Talk to Lori and find out just how actionable her network is.

  3. Great discussion! My problem is I not only don’t want to say no to people who reach out to me, I’ve found over and over again that the most unexpected opportunities and outright joyful experiences have happened because of someone in my network who was a stranger until we “found” each other.

    A similar post with more related comments can be found on this post. My comment in the thread includes the names of some of my very best friends met on LinkedIn. If I hadn’t built a large network, and “virtually” shook the hand of people I don’t know, my life would be missing the heart of these incredible people!

    I’m not sorry that I’m not willing to give that up.

  4. Mint_G. says:

    Thanks for several tips you share with us, I know that it has a huge help to everyone.

  5. Deborah Elms says:

    I believe the take home regarding connections is to have a plan and use it, and your plan for accepting/offering connections will be based on why you are in LinkedIn and how you’d like to use it.

    As for setting up lists, LinkedIn does have the tagging feature which allows you to group your connections for your internal view, and “notes” for each one too – both of which I have found useful on the occasions when I have added someone because I liked their comments in a group we both belonged and we started a connection that way, as well as in distinguishing other types of connections.

  6. Ben West says:

    Most people join LinkedIn to build their career. The problem is LinkedIn as good as what it is doesn’t actively go about securing executives career opportunities. They don’t actively hunt down roles, package and strategise the job hunt nor do they proactively market their members to career opportunities. If you’re a great C-level executives but there’s another 1,000 competing candidates, being on linked, whilst beneficial, isn’t of real immediate value. Maybe you need an Executive Agent similar to a celebrity having an Agent.

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