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> One approach is to go look at the person's profile.
This is what I always do. Then if it looks like someone with whom I'd like
to be connected, I go ahead and accept even though I don't *really* know
them and am unlikely to ever meet them in person. If they check out, what's
the harm? For example, over this past weekend I received an invitation from
a music producer who has some nice credentials. Now while music is my
passion, I am not a musician. However, sometime in the future I may engage
myself in an independent project whereby this connection may prove to be
useful, so my approach is that I shouldn't stonewall these sorts of
As for recruiters, there are enough of those in my LinkedIn world, so I'm
much more judicious about accepting those connections. The same holds true
for most invitations emanating from India or other places outside the U.S.
One exception I made over the weekend was for the French musician, Daniel
Masson, whose albums I buy and with whom I've been dialoging through the
What made Harvey "Swim the Sharks" Mackay so successful was the shear size
of his Rolodex. Today, LinkedIn supplants the Rolodex. I believe that to
keep such a tight rein on one's REAL LinkedIn connections (that is, folks
you truly know) is to limit one's future possibilities. And for
*those*folks I already have their private contact information, so why
do I need
LinkedIn to stay connected with them?
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