First, a caveat … I’m by no means an expert on social media or ‘business’ social media.
I’m just going to tell you some observations I’ve made over the past few weeks.
Lately I’ve been getting requests to connect, on LinkedIn, from people I’ve never met … and have no idea who they are.
Most of the time, the requests simply state
I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn.
Obviously this gives me no information on who you are or why I would want to connect with you.
As a rule, I don’t ‘connect’ with someone unless I truly know them.
The only exception to that rule is when someone is a co-worker.
My advice … when you want to connect with someone, make sure you tell them WHY in your message.
If you try to connect with me … and I don’t know you … I’ll ignore the request and mark it as “I don’t know …”. This gives you an internal ding in LinkedIn’s systems.
According to LinkedIn’s help …
When you click the “I don’t know this person” link after clicking Ignore, this prevents the person you don’t know from reinviting you in the future. If someone receives an excessive number of “I don’t know this person” responses, they could be restricted from sending invitations to connect to others.
So, if you do want to connect with me, please take the time to explain WHY you want connect with me.