[tweetmeme]I just received yet another invitation to connect with member of LinkedIn. It was the default message “I would like to add you to my network,” which I dislike as I stated in an earlier blog.
When I went to the person’s profile it was practically barren with a weird gravatar instead of a photo of the person. I quickly hit “delete.” But it got me to thinking, is it a good thing to be a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker)? They accept all invitations.
I think not, and here’s why.
The original premise of LinkedIn was that you should only connect with people you know. That’s why you’re given all the choices to check off when you want to connect with someone – to prove you know him or her. However, with the “friend” option, you can basically connect with anyone.
Why You Shouldn’t be a LION
Why would anyone hit the “accept” button on an invitation like the one I received? I’ve also receive invitations from people who are so far removed from what I do that I can’t understand why they would want to connect. Maybe so they can see that magic “500+” connections on their profile that makes they seem like they belong to an exclusive club. In full disclosure, I do connect on a limited basis with members of groups I belong to once I’ve taken a look at their profile and website. They may belong to a company I’m interested in or we’ve engaged in group discussions. The question I ask myself: is this someone I want in my network that other people can see?
This is the main reason I feel it’s important to be selective with the members of your network. Potential clients and employers may look at who your connections are. They are interested in the quality of the people you know – do you have connections among former employers or clients? It won’t look good if you’ve got people in your network who make them scratch their heads.
What do you think? Do you feel it’s OK to be a LION?