Interview with Sean Nelson, author of the Social Media sonar blog (formerly Linked Intuition) in which h talks about the 5 Steps to Thrive on LinkedIn.
When you limit your connections to only those that you know are you protecting your network or simply limiting opportunities? And how exactly are you protecting your network? Maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy.
Connecting is a contact sport. If you want to build your network you need to be active on LinkedIn, seek out others to connect, and utilize offline networking to meet others.
I write a lot about personalizing invitations when you wish to connect. It’s even more critical if you’re trying to connect to someone you don’t know. I didn’t know Ed, but after reading his invitation was there any doubt that I would connect?
In the original article in this series the last three ways I noted to use LinkedIn were to share knowledge and expertise, introduce connections, and recommend worthy individuals. Each of these is a way to provide value to your network, so I thought I would cover them together.
With that title I probably violated several things that I recommend not doing (act professional, be careful of what you say and how you say it, etc.).
I stumbled on a blog that was titled “The Stupid Things People Do on LinkedIn”. The poster then proceeded to lash in to people that violated his perception of what LinkedIn should be and how people should behave on it. My first thought was relax it’s not your site. You’re just a another member. The second was that did this person realize that their post was part of their online brand.