#LinkedIn connections: quality not quantity

broomA colleague sent me an article that is making the rounds. To be honest, I think it is way off base. So-called Super Connectors are not super or truly connecting.

They are feeding their electronic egos and promiscuously adding quantity, not quality business people to their influence.

They add nothing, they just take. Many are using the system for their own economic gain, to add to their mailing lists of some sort. Bah!

The article makes reference to the LinkedIn User Agreement we all come under (and I hardly think the language is vague as the author of the article suggests):

8.2. Don’ts. You agree that you will not:

…Invite people you do not know to join your network;…

Seems pretty clear to me.

So according the article cited above, LinkedIn finally enforced their own rules!

My training teaches my clients that LinkedIn success comes when you need to vet and nurture the privilege the connections have with you, and you to them. You give more than you take. You receive dividends from unexpected places and opportunities.

My suggestions: start culling through your connections and remove the ones you do not know or need due to changes in relationships. Many people worry about the consequences of removing a connection and therefore don’t remove the many connections they made but should delete.

From an excerpt in my upcoming book to be published in the fall by the American Bar Association:

…A question I always get in my sessions: “if I disconnect from someone, will LinkedIn notify the member I disconnected?”The Help Center answer to this question shows user forum questions and answers all around this topic. To the left of the topical article I was able to click further to a related article entitled “Notifying a Connection of Removal” and found the official answer: “No one is notified when you remove a connection. Your contact information just disappears from their Contacts page. They’ll also be removed from your Contacts page.”

House cleaning is a necessary chore. Practice tidying up now to make the job easier overall in the future. Focus on quality rather than quantity and make the remaining connections stronger.



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LinkedIn coach and evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate more!
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