Our LinkedIn group is full of many fantastic discussions, started by various industry professionals. This week, Carolyn Hyams asked our group if they think you should accept LinkedIn connection requests from anyone and everyone? Here’s the LinkedIn discussion!

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Jennifer Jones Newbill says that the issue she has with adding numerous contact on LinkedIn is managing such a huge network.

Jennifer Jones Newbill3e23c8e

Senior Manager Global Talent COE at Dell

I really enjoyed this article. I have found that I have had to modify my settings on LinkedIn (unfortunately) because I had 100’s of invites from people I didn’t know waiting for me in my inbox – pretty overwhelming. Gee, I wish I could manage a network of 10,15 or 20 thousand people but I can’t…! I would like to see more discussion around connecting with those that you either know (school, previous job), met (event or trade show) and agreed to connect OR in some cases – a connection of a connection. To me – this is fine – ‘hey, you and I both know Suzie – would you mind connecting? I can offer X to you and she mentioned you are super at Y…’ Sadly, I just don’t see a lot of reciprocation – more of a ‘hey, I need help – help me’. I think it needs to be more of a two way street.

Steve Stotz mentions that he’s hesitant to accept any connections unless the actual intent is to network. Moderating who’s accepted into your LinkedIn contacts is a great way of keeping your network focused on your specialist industry.

Steve Stotz, B.Sc.(Eng),MBAS

Director Facilities / Properties > Drive Innovation, Service & Financial Health To Exceed Corporate Objectives

No. Some individuals want to connect so to increase his or her number of affiliates. Unless the intent is for networking and or other non professional reason, I would be hesitant to accept the connection.

15d7748Carolyn Hyams

Marketing Director at Aquent (incorporating Firebrand Talent and Vitamin T)

@Jennifer – I totally agree with you. Not sure why people don’t realise that it’s not just about “taking”. They need to be generous with their time and knowledge – then I’m sure you wouldn’t hesitate.
@Steve – I personally think there needs to be some commonality in order to connect. And preferably a customised message as to why I should.

Antonis Papadimitriou said that he would add users that share something in common, such as same education or similar industry/background. Moderate to improve your contacts within your industry – You’re here to network professionally, not to brag about your extensive list of contacts!

Antonis Papadimitriou2114c11

Senior Sales Professional in Healthcare-Medical Devices

Personally I think that we should accept invitations from people that we share something in common like University, School, previous companies,groups, or similar professional areas and interests.
Are there any filters for that in Linkedin?
Something else: Do you get many “Anonymous Viewers” at your profile? I do..

3e23c8eJennifer Jones Newbill


Senior Manager Global Talent COE at Dell

Carolyn, you bring up a good point. I get the need for pre-created messages if you are in Recruiting and reaching out to 50, 100 people about a job opportunity. Maybe there are other times when a pre-created message is also warranted but not for connecting 1 on 1. And, I feel like the requests I get are not personalized. Customized and personalized is a big help!

Should you accept LinkedIn connection requests from anyone and everyone? Let us know in the comments!

To conclude, the general consensus is to be mindful of who you add on LinkedIn, and don’t just add everyone to possess a huge network. A small, relevant network full of strong contacts is more useful than a massive network full of LinkedIn users outside of your industry. As Antonis said, adding users with a similar interests is acceptable when moderated.

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