Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?

Subject: Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?
From: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:38:11 -0700

I've been thinking about Chris's post below. Especially this part:

"The more connections you make, the more your name (brand) appears on the
scrolling Updates feed."

This fits in with what I perceive LinkedIn to be. Chris also says he sees it as a numbers game, which also makes sense. It's obvious to me that many people are doing this. So it's a form of advertising, which is fine with me. But it also means that connections you make on LinkedIn tend to be pawns to get you advertising and have only short term value. And then you have a big pile of apparently useless connections. I guess you can just continue on and collect many thousands of connections. I have trouble seeing long term value in many of these connections. Is there any?

It seems to have characteristics of a "bubble" or of monetary inflation, where something with actual value is at the bottom, but it's covered with mountains of useless stuff.


On 7/21/14 8:29 AM, Chris Morton wrote:

That you are "tending to the backlog of LinkedIn invitations that Iâve
received" suggests that you may not be a LinkedIn regular. Is being a
LinkedIn member important to you? Do you think it might help you advance
your career?

Having a LinkedIn profile is a far cry from Facebook and should be treated
as such. LI is not a social club. Its purpose, in my view, is to help
professionals connect with one another, much as you might have exchanged
business cards at a job fair or trade expo. The difference is now you can
tell your whole story on your LI profile.

The more connections you make, the more your name (brand) appears on the
scrolling Updates feed. If you're looking for a new assignment and are
regularly making new connections, this equates to seeing "Drink Coca-Cola"
subliminally flashed onscreen at the theater. Does this work? I have no
stats regarding its success, but I don't believe it hurts. I believe
pounding LinkedIn for work is a numbers game. This is especially true, I
believe, as recruiters work the system looking for candidates. Your LI
profile, along with the frequency of "so-and-so connected with John Doe"
messages scrolling on the Updates page, help advertise your availability.
If you aren't making new connections, you're losing out. To think of your
LI connections as being restricted to only those you truly know is to limit
the usefulness of your participation.


When I get a non-personalized invitation, if the person appears to be
someone I may want to connect withâbased on fairly lenient criteriaâI'll
accept the invitation. That person must fit into some professional realm
loosely associated with what I do. For example, a person who does nails for
a living would be rejected. Any invitation must fit my geographical
constraints, too. I do not accept invitations from those living in Russia
or India, for example, as those connections are of no use to either of us.
But I've connected with many Indians living in California, most of whom
I've had the pleasure of working with. Connections like these may yield
future assignments, and having a glance at their connections may be of use
in a job search. This morning I also rejected an invitation from a young
woman who clearly is only interested in marketing her mail lists.


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