Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?

Subject: Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?
From: Michael McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:04:24 -0500

Monique,

I have to track down the link, but there was a terrific rant a few weeks
ago about generic LinkedIn invitations and how wrong they are. The ones
that really tick me off are the ones from strangers that begin "Because
you're a person I trust..."

I'm a believer in the original LinkedIn ethos -- that you should only
connect with people you know in the real world. That said, like many others
here, I usually check the profile when someone sends me a generic request.
The profile page will often tell you in the sidebar if you have connections
to other people in your network or a group you belong to. I ignore many
more invitations than I accept.

Where it gets dicey for me is that I have a book out (*Build Your Author
Platform: The New Rules* at better bookstores everywhere) that, among other
things, urges writers to create and maintain a LinkedIn account. So I've
been accepting a few more requests recently than I used to.

About the only times I send out invitations based on "someone you might
know" are of the "You mean I never connected with <person X> before? My
bad!" variety.


*Michael McCallister*
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On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM, Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
wrote:

> Hello, TechWR-L-ers,
>
> As I periodically do, Iâm tending to the backlog of LinkedIn invitations
> that Iâve received, and Iâm struck again by how the vast, vast majority
> (say, 99% ?), are not personalized in the least little way.
>
> And although the theory of LinkedIn is that every connection should be
> welcomed, Iâm finding it difficult to believe that anything usefulâand I
> just mean in the way of writing-related conversation, NOT a lead to a
> future job or anythingâwill come of connecting with someone who doesnât
> even take the time to say where I might know the person from or why I might
> want to connect.
>
> I can assume that many of these invitations come from participants in the
> many groups and listservs in which I participate, but thatâs just itâI
> participate in so many that itâs hard to keep up and recognize everyone.
> But of all people, Iâd expect my fellow writers to want to add a sentence
> or two to the default message that results from clicking âPeople You May
> Know.â
>
> So two questions:
>
> 1. When youâre on the receiving end of invitations, do you treat them any
> differently based on whether theyâve been personalized? Why or why not?
>
> 2. When you send invitations, why or why not do you choose to personalize
> the message?
>
> Just wondering,
> -Monique
>
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