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18 August 2005


Kevin Dugan

Neville - Interesting you should bring this up. I've had a few requests recently from people I have never met and I politely declined. I've also had a referral I've been reticent to follow up on as my connection that is doing the referring is only a casual acquaintence. It is unfortunate but true we need to be somewhat guarded/careful in this day and age.

Erik van Roekel

It's indeed irritating to get request from people with the standard linkedin text.

But what's also frustrating i.m.o. is that if you say you're working for a BIG company in the Netherlands, almost the whole salesforce of every company wants to contact me, no mather what my interests are, they have THE solution for all my problems explained in a personalised message to me. It feels almost spam to me. A lot of salespeople see it as a huge database full of euros without knowing any netiquette. If you would meet them on a trade show or something like that, they would never approach you like they did online.


Hello Neville, sorry about deleting the post. The reason is simple: the person that made the original mistake called me, was very nice and said he realized the misunderstanding and his mistake and I decided to delete the post as I really have nothing against him and my post could be really interpreted in a very bad way. I woke up today thinking "after all what he did and wether it is bad or not was a case but none of my business".

About the link: sorry, I did that extremely rarely, I hope you understand.

Christopher Carfi

This is *exactly* why we began development on Haystack (http://www.socialcustomer.com/2005/06/mmmmdogfood_int.html). Relationships (and the communities that grow from them) are imperative to create and support...but only if they are based on solid footing.

Jeff Clavier

Neville> I would have a different take on the text enclosed in a LinkedIn invitation. As a matter of fact, I almost never pay attention to it. What is important to me is whether I know the person, and can place him/her in a business or personal context. So to me one's profile is actually more important than the text in the body, if ever I needed additional information to decide whether I should link or not.

When I invite people, I change the title of the email, and add my "signature" signature (the J.), and that's it - assuming maybe wrongly that since I only invite people I know or have met recently, and have spent time with, then they know why I am inviting them.


Thanks Loic, I do understand your reasons. In my post, I was thinking about the situation the HP blogger faced some months ago (don't have a link) where he endured signficant criticism related to deleting a post, no matter the reason.

Everyone's comments are very interesting, thanks for leaving them. Just confirms a point for me - impersonal equals no connection. If someone cannot even do a small personal thing when trying to make a connection, there will be no connection.

Dan York


Thanks for the post. It lit a fire under a rant I've been wanting to write for quite some time which is now on my blog at http://blog.danyork.com/105050.html. Thanks for providing the spark,

Ian Wood

Have to say that I totally agree with you on abuse on Social Networks. Over the past year I have rejected a number requested to link as well as removed those who have abused my network.

As well as random connections from people who were members of Ecademy pushing themselves forward on LinkedIn I have had to deal with Plaxo Spam from them looking to get my upto date contact details.

I wrote about this on a previous blog under the title "Just because you have my email it does not mean that you know me". In which I asked how can people control the abuse of others in Social Networks? Others commented that they were also being contacted by those that just wanted to be the most connected and then being asked to buy from those connected or worse still being refered to others by the "Super Node".

This has resulted in me blogging and reducing my use of Social Networking sites.

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