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Here's a Tip: Don't try to connect with me on LinkedIn 'unsolicited'.
After having to challenge yet another unsolicited connection attempt on LinkedIn today I was inspired to throw some words into Google and see if anyone else had published anything regarding LinkedIn Connections.
I came across the following interesting reads:
In general I agree with the theme of the above articles and/or the comments thereof, when they say things like:
There's a group of 'LinkedIn Open Networkers' (aka L.I.O.N) who believe in making as many connections as possible and in using mutual connections to expand your 'network' of contacts. Good one, they're welcome to it, but I don't subscribe to this.
Among other things LinkedIn doesn't have granular privacy controls like the likes of Facebook. If you're a connection, you see everything.
With that in mind my own LinkedIn profile is structured in a fashion where I don't mind folks who know me reading it; it's not at the level where the trust level has to be very high, but I don't necessarily want complete strangers privy either.
So I accept messages over LinkedIn; I allow my name and role to be publically accessible (this info is not particularly secret)... i'm not 'closed' but I will not accept connection requests from strangers, even when we have contacts in common (lets face it, the world is smaller than it should be in some respects!). However, if you can establish that we have a reason to engage with eachother, you're more than welcome to approach me with it.
Finally... thanks to socialmediatoday.com. because I knew i'd read it somewhere in the LinkedIn T&C before now:
Infact can I suggest the above SocialMediaToday article be required reading for anyone using LinkedIn. It'll either be old hat, or you'll learn something.