Connecting to people that you don’t know.
I just wanted to take a moment to share my feelings on connecting to people that you don’t know on LinkedIn. Personally, I like the fact that LinkedIn is a far more professional site than Facebook or any other for that matter. It is the one place that you can connect to other people that you don’t know but, usually need a reason to connect. I’ll keep this short and to the point. I connect to people that I don’t know as well. The difference?…when I don’t know someone and want to connect, I usually ask another person to “introduce” us or, at the very least, send a message to the person that I wish to connect with telling them exactly why I know of them and why I want to connect to them. For me personally, it’s about building my relationships for my profession. I seem to get a lot of requests asking to Link to me but, I have no idea who the person is, or why they want to connect? Usually, I will scan their page to see if we have anything in common? Even if we do, they may only have 12 connections and I would like to know, “What do you see in me that makes you want to connect?” I also want to know, “How can I help this person or them help me?” It’s just proper introductions, no? Please email me if you are interested in my talents in music or want to hire me. If you are introducing yourself to connect, Please tell me how you may know me or have heard of me and WHY you wish to connect? If I can’t help you and you can’t be of help in my career, what’s the point? I’m not interested in thousands of Facebook Friends that I will never meet and we have nothing in common?!
Just my $.02