LinkedIn is a social networking site used for professional networking. LinkedIn was created to be a place to connect with all the people in your professional network that you know or have worked with. It was also supposed to be a way to see who your 6 degrees of separation business connections were, which could be useful to get introductions to people in your field.
LinkedIn has turned in to a business mixer type of place, kind of like a Chamber of Commerce cocktail party. You can join groups on LinkedIn and participate in discussions related to your profession or interest. LinkedIn is a great way to make new contacts as well as connect with past ones. I’m fine with this evolution of LinkedIn. However, not everyone respects the original mission of LinkedIn.
What I don’t like is the people on LinkedIn who have forgotten about common courtesy when networking. If you were at an in person networking event would you walk up to a stranger and say. “BUY THIS PRODUCT THAT I AM SELLING NOW”? I hope not. Would you walk up to a stranger and hand them your business card before even introducing yourself to them? I hope not. Why do people feel it is okay to behave that way online?
I constantly get invitations to connect on LinkedIn from total strangers. They don’t introduce them self, in fact, they don’t even say hi. They just send me a request to connect. Why?
Tip: Introduce yourself when inviting someone to connect on LinkedIn. Say hello. Tell the person where you found them and why you are interested in connecting.
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