While I’ve personally softened my stance regarding mega-connecting as a strategy, a lot of people are still unimpressed:
RT @[some guy]: “I’m Linkedin’s 4th most connected” | Wow, you’re linked to more people that you have nothing to do with than almost anyone!
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) August 2, 2012
My first observation: bragging about it is never really very becoming. I’ve become an open connector myself (I’ll do a post about why at some point), but I still find it really offensive when someone suggests that I should connect with them simply because they have so many connections. Yuck!
Second observation: How can someone be “4th most connected”? I know for a fact that there are at least 4 people who have hit LinkedIn’s limit of 30,000 connections, so it seems like they’re all tied for 1st. And the next person, with 29,999 connections isn’t 2nd — they’re 8th or 12th or 20th or whatever — after however many people have 30K.
If having 30K connections works for you, great. Let that be its own reward. Maybe even have it on your profile. But don’t go around bragging about it or, worse, suggesting that people should connect with you just because you have that many connections.