How not to respond to LinkedIn requests

Mar 12, 2014, 12:00 PM | Updated: 12:00 pm

Social media has become a vibrant communication channel for most of us both personally and professionally.

If you’re a business professional, having an updated LinkedIn profile is an essential tool for what I consider business networking on steroids.

But there’s a lot of confusion for those new to LinkedIn about how to handle connection requests from those that you don’t know.

Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn is designed to help you connect with people you don’t know so you can grow your business contacts.

When you go to a real world networking event, refusing
to take someone’s business card because you don’t know them would be rather strange, right?

Well, the same holds true for LinkedIn. With very few exceptions, I recommend that you give their profile a quick once over and accept all requests to connect if they look like a real person.

The exceptions are accounts that don’t have a picture, have few connections and have very little filled out in their profile.

Remember, you can always kick someone from your network if they abuse your connection.

Want the directions for kicking someone from your LinkedIn network?

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How not to respond to LinkedIn requests