First off, I did a search on this and didn't find what I was looking for so I hope this topic hasn't been beaten to death already and I missed it.

I am on LinkedIn and at the moment I only have contacts that I actually know, have met face to face and would call me back should I call them (i.e. a live network).

Recently I have had a large number of requests to connect from totally random people who I think are looking to connect and mine my contacts.  I realize that a network should be very inclusive however I am skeptical about these random connections.

How you the rest of you members use your LinkedIn for networking?  Do you accept these random connections without meeting them?

Cheers to all


jrosenau's picture

I only connect with people I have either met or at least talked to on the phone (i.e. a recruiter).  Unless a person tells me why they are trying to connect with me in the invite, I would ignore it.


Peter.westley's picture
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I keep my LinkedIn contacts to only people I have met.

If a 'random' requests a contact, I usually honour it with a response something like "At this time I'm only connecting with people I have met. If I have met you and forgotten, pleas accept my apology and feel free to refresh my memory!"

This way if there becomes reason to connect at a later stage - i.e. you do meet them - there's no burned bridge in the way.

-- Peter

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