Tips from The LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 3

LinkedIn Group Invitations – Examples from Fake Profiles

Ok, we’re to my Top 3 Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn. We’ve been taking this educational journey together to help people understand the LinkedIn environment and what other people think of behaviors that may not even get a second thought while we’re engaging from a computer with no one else in the room.

How many GROUP INVITATIONS have you received for a group located somewhere else? If you’re a member of one of the large groups or a member of multiple groups, you’ve likely seen at least one. I’m pretty sure they’re sent out by companies that the group owner has hired to build their group. The subject lines typically proclaim: “Connected in (insert location here): We Need You!!” or “Just Following Up…” (See Screen Shot). Notice they all include a address followed by the group name, i.e., as the one in the screen shot.

Sometimes you’ll even get more than one a day for the same group! Why? Because the messages are coming from low level people in another country that doesn’t speak our language and so are unaware of the mistake they are making. The profiles aren’t real. They are sent from accounts that have very little profile information but who are surprisingly a member of 50 very large groups. If enough people report them as spam, they are shut down by LinkedIn.

Not only is this a pet peeve of mine and lots of other very well connected people on LinkedIn, it’s a violation of the End User License Agreement (EULA): available here. It’s in the Don’ts Section:

10.B.16 – (Don’t) Sell, sponsor, or otherwise monetize a LinkedIn Group or any other service or functionality of LinkedIn, without the express written permission of LinkedIn.

They found a formula that works for them. Yeah for them!

In the meantime, I get more “spam” concerning groups in places I don’t live and even from places I’ve never visited, than for any other reason. When I get them, I report them as spam and check our groups to make sure they are not pilfering people… yes another pet peeve. Let’s call this one 2.5.

LinkedIn limits the number of groups anyone can join to 50. When you’re very involved on LinkedIn this really does become a challenge. And when people are limited, group membership and members are more valuable. So, joining a group just to entice people to join your group looks and feels a bit more shady than it would if membership were unlimited.

What do you think?

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