Tips from The LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 1

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Please don’t send irrelevant messages to your LinkedIn connections or group members!

We’ve all seen spam messages, and with the growth of LinkedIn, now we see it there too. LinkedIn is vigilant in stomping people who break the rules. If enough people report your message as spam, your account could get suspended quick. This kind of stuff should be common sense, but sometimes… let’s just say we don’t all always practice good judgement. So here’s a little help!

Do any of your messages include these “spam alert” topics?

  1. The “419 scam” emails. (The “I lost my wallet in London…” emails)
  2. Asking for contact information of others in my network.
  3. Asking for a recommendation from people you don’t know.
  4. Sending a group invitation for a local group to someone outside of the area.
  5. Asking a connection to set up a job interview for you.
  6. Asking to “date” someone; LinkedIn is not a
Ready for more? Here’s how to portray a professional image via your email: E-Mail Issues and LinkedIn.
UPDATE: Some people seem to misunderstand what a spam message sent via LinkedIn looks like. I recently received yet another example of #6 (screen shot below) so I thought I’d help him find what he describes to be his “true love” and share it with our readers. 🙂

LinkedIn Love Letter

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  1. I think you missed the whole point of LinkedIn- it’s a PROFESSIONAL NETWORK and it was created so people can use it for PROFESSIONAL means. 2, 3 and 5 are THE reasons that LinkedIn was created in the first place…..I wonder what these rock stars use this network for…..

    • Oh, prwork, I GET the point of LinkedIn. The point of this post is to be careful how your message comes across! Professional Networking is NOT Professional Selling or Spamming.

      1. Spam would absolutely be Number 1… sending people a message asking them to send you money because your wallet was stolen. I’ve received that message on LinkedIn.

      2. Asking you to ask ALL of your contacts to connect with me or asking me to send you the phone and email of my contacts (without going through the LinkedIn Introduction system so the person in question can accept or decline) is NOT Professional Networking.

      3. Asking for a recommendation for a frivolous favor (like passing an introduction through for you) or asking for a recommendation from someone you never met is NOT Professional Networking.

      4. Sending you in New Jersey an invitation to join a locally based group in Miami is NOT Professional Networking.

      5. Asking me to set up a job interview for you rather than using the LinkedIn introduction feature to connect to the HR or hiring manager is on the border but consider to be in ill form.

      6. Sending me a message asking me to send you my email address so you can send me your picture because you’re lonely and you think I’m beautiful is NOT Professional Networking.

      What Professional Networking IS:
      1. Finding people on LinkedIn and asking for an introduction through a connection in your network.
      2. Finding and interesting person on LinkedIn and sending them an InMail about a project, or sending them a message from within a shared group about a referral you need or a project you would like their help with.
      3. Finding a job posting on LinkedIn and reaching out to the poster through a member or your network or through the channels offered by LinkedIn.

      Heck, if someone lists their email and phone, by all means, contact them directly. But don’t send them scams.

      Thanks the point of this post. Any questions?

    • Read it a little more closely — the devil is in the details, as they say.

      #2 – You should ask for an introduction using the LinkedIn introduction system, not their direct contact information.

      #3 – Recommendations from people you don’t know… how can you recommend someone you don’t know? It’s one thing to agree to connect…it’s another entirely to ask for a recommendation.

      #5 – Again, ask for an introduction — to the hiring manager or HR manager or business owner, etc. Don’t ask people to set up the interview for you (yes, I’ve been asked that before, too, and I was kind of stunned).

  2. The reason Linkedin has IDK, only 3000 invitation and only 5 introduction because Linkedin system forces us to build relationship to match our company goals. But since people are getting impatient, they keep looking for shortcut to use Linkedin.

    • Point made Kent. Thanks for sharing!

      And there are other ways to get through to the people you want to meet, even for sales reps (see my reply above), but none of those include a hard sales message, an inappropriate message, or scamming people to get their contact list, their money or anything else.

      I’d love for you to consider joining our Atomic Tribe for fans at You’d be a great asset to the group!

  3. It’s geared more towards business associations between coworkers, sellers, and clients, and may be used not only to connect with other individuals, but also to project your own personal message. When first using LinkedIn, you’ll be asked to connect to people who you know whose contact information you currently have from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and such. It is smart to complete this.

    • Thanks Tod, but a word of advice! Connecting Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo is NOT a good way to add your connections on LinkedIn. The primary and overwhelming reason is all the people you have in those address books that might be inappropriate for connection. The system does NOT give you the option to select which ones to send an invitation. It just sends the invite to everyone… not usually cool!

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