LinkedIn is a great application - it must be judging by the number of users, the press releases and the size of its users networks.
I receive about 2-5 LinkedIn emails a day for network requests. At first, most LinkedIn users want to accept every single invite and thus grow their network (and get to the coveted 500+ connection ring).
This is all well and good, but I always carefully consider all LinkedIn invitations before I automatically accept them. Why?
Some invitations come from LinkedIn users who only want to have a large network number. How do I know? Try sending a response email or request first. If the sender does not respond, they most likely have sent out hundreds of invites and are not actually interested in networking on LinkedIn.
Also, I see a direct correlation between the actual networking interest of the LinkedIn user and the type of invite they send. For instance, the generic LinkedIn invitation encourages the recipient to join LinkedIn. If I receive this type of invitation, clearly the sender did not put much thought into their invite.
But a lesson from the other side of the fence.
I have accepted invitations from some LinkedIn users that left me thinking, "What is this guy going to do for me?" that left me eating my words later. It is through many of these invites I have received job interviews, speaking and writing opportunities and sales prospects. You never know so tread carefully.
Finally, LinkedIn has some great new buttons which will help you promote your LinkedIn profile on your blog or website.
Go to your Profile and check Promote Your Profile right above your Summary. There is a link to a number of buttons and code for publishing right on your website.
Now if only LinkedIn had a referral button and revenue plan, that would be cool!
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