Imaginary LinkedIn Connections

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Just this week I received yet another invitation from someone I didn’t know. I don’t get that many, so I do check them out – by following through to see the profile behind the request. The graphic when I reached this profile was priceless…

A Rose by any other name

Rose said she was a friend, and I’m just not sure where we’ve met – she’s from Vietnam. Here’s her profile:

Image of LinkedIn profile with negative connections

And look at that – she has “-1 Connections”!

I’d like to know how that all worked out…

Indiscriminate connections

I’ve written on the topic plenty of times, and perhaps maintain a different opinion than other LinkedIn trainers out there.

I’m all for networking, being open to new opportunities, meeting people, and exploring.

And I don’t believe in sharing my little black book of VIP connections until after I know and trust you.

You are welcome to use LinkedIn as a phone book – but I think there are many other places to get names and contact data. There aren’t many that will help you reach out to the VIP connections of those that know and trust you.

Your call.

Well tread ground

I took a great deal of time in 2010 to “Expose LinkedIn Connection Myths” and that link points to the overview article at the end of the series. Have a look and let me know.

I’m always interested in a good debate;-)

To your continued success,


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  1. Felipe,

    I think you’re missing my point.

    If you only connect to people you know and trust, they will shield you from nosey/noisy spammers. How? Because the only way to get to you will be through an introduction and they will know better than to make insincere introductions.

    If you go around connecting to 10,000 strangers, you get what you asked for…


  2. Well LinkedIn is still like 100 times less spammy than twitter and facebook – its still quite new.

    I have to disagree with Felipe too. It pretty clean place. Just connect with REAL people and you’ll be fine.

    Plus the response rate is still very good and that means that there isn’t much spam. If it was people would treat each message “worse”.

    They still dont have that feeling “oh that probably another spam”

    Am sure that situation wont last forever….sadly..

  3. LinkedIn is fast growing professional networking site. This is a perfect place to promote your business On line and so many opportunities that are waiting!

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