John Balla

Be Careful With LinkedIn Connection Requests

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Balaji Prasad
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Re: It's a Wild World
Balaji Prasad   5/25/2013 10:03:43 PM
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@Broadway, That's not the only thing I look at. I use some other factors as well to determine the value/risk&hassle trade-off. For example, they may have a number of postings, they may have a blog, they may have other things that provide some idea of who they are. There are many people that I have connected with whom I had not known before, and the connections have sometimes been quite valuable.

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Re: It's a Wild World
Broadway   5/25/2013 9:14:26 PM
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@sabala, so if you get a link request from someone you've never done business with, you will accept it if their google search turns up ok?

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It's a Wild World
Balaji Prasad   5/25/2013 7:52:08 PM
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I see a whole spectrum of possibilities that can arise from connecting with people on LinkedIn. It may just come down to each person's setting of risk/reward on his or her personal dial. Objectives differ, and some LinkedIn users may be more promiscuous than others. Personally, I use the kind of basic analytics (Google check) that John suggests. If there are common connections, I ask them.

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Re: Don't talk to strangers
Broadway   5/23/2013 10:00:29 PM
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@Beatrice, I agree with you. I must immediately recognize a name on LI before I accept an invitation to connect with them. If I am unfamiliar with someone but recognize their organization and/or people I know already connected with them, I may click through to their profile. But even then, wariness is key.

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Re: Don't talk to strangers
BeatriceORC   5/23/2013 5:18:13 PM
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I totally agree with you. I view LI as a tool to connect with people whom I know proffessionaly and would like to keep proffessionl relations in the future. If I don't know them, why would I want to keep in touch with them? and If they ever ask me for a connection, why would I want to put my reputation behind them and recommend them for anything? This is why I only accept invitations to connect from people I know or are being introduced to me by someone I know.

unlike the writer of this article, I do accept invitation from family memebrs. You never know who they know...

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Hospice_Houngbo   5/23/2013 10:24:54 AM
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@Ariella,

"Now I try to cut off such connections as soon as they do it"

The solution is simple: If you no longer feel "really connected" with somebody in your LI account just remove them from your profile.

Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Don't talk to strangers
Hospice_Houngbo   5/23/2013 10:05:00 AM
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@Maryam@Impact,

" I think linking to everyone really negates the value of a connection."

I (partly) agree! But LinkedIn connection is not only about who you know; it is also about connecting with people sharing the same professional or research interests - and you don't necessary need to know everybody in a given linkedIn research group to share information with them. 

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Don't talk to strangers
Maryam@Impact   5/22/2013 10:48:45 PM
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I really don't accept invitation from people I don't know on some level, personally or professionally. I think linking to everyone really negates the value of a connection. I feel very much the same as you do about the stranger connections.Why do they want to know that much about my background and activities?

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Re: Flattery
Ariella   5/22/2013 10:09:25 PM
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@Noreen At this point, I see no ego boost in LI requests. Many of mine come from people who are members in a group I've joined or who have some connections in common. I usually accept unless the person's background seems so far off that theere really was no basis for the connection. The only time I really regret accepting a connection is if the person uses it to spam me with constant emails to promote books, articles, products, links to virtual business cards, portfolios,  or even requests for jobs (which are beyond my power to grant). Now I try to cut off such connections as soon as they do it, though LI makes that process rather cumbersome. 

The requests I make usually are prompted by seeing that the person works for the same company or makes interesting contributions to the discussions on LI. Once in a while I also seek out people I know from FB, G+, or Twitter.

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Re: Flattery
rbaz   5/22/2013 9:10:18 PM
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Noreen, You may be right as I was drawing my conclusion from my sphereof contacts. Not at all representative of the site as a whole. The young technology professionals in the valley guard their online circles very tightly.

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