In recent weeks, I have been receiving an increasing amount of Linked-in connection requests and it has got me thinking. Now firstly I should point out I have a love hate relationship with Linked-in, some things I love about it and some things I hate.
Also you don’t need to tell me about the benefits of connecting to people you have done business with or have met out a events. Linked-in is a brilliant platform for connecting to these people and sharing knowledge. The more connections you have on the platform the wider your search results go and in that effect it kind of makes sense. But what benefit do I get from connecting to random people I have never met or am likely to meet? What’s the point of that? Should I just connect to everyone on the internet but then those connections become pointless surely don’t they? Don’t they start to mean absolutely nothing.
I love connecting to people (you can connect to me here – just point out you read this for instance rather than the plain connect as a friend text) if we have some kind of connection, for instance we have met, commented on similar things or chatted on twitter all of these things are fine but connecting to someone that has never contacted me anywhere – this is the point where I begin to feel uneasy and think why?
I placed this question onto Twitter the other day to see what people thought and here are what they said. I don’t think there is a preferred etiquette – i think we are all still deciding.
Do you agree? Do you think a connection with someone you have never met is pointless? What do you do with them connect or ignore – let me know with a comment.