Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?

Subject: Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:50:13 -0500

Wow, this is a pretty popular topic, and I can see why.

I only personalize an invitation if the person is someone new but seems
interesting, or one of those famous people everyone "knows" because they're
extremely active or have published books, etc.

I tend to limit invitations to people with familiar names (TW lists,
meetings, etc.). I tend to accept invitations from those in related fields,
or those I've encountered on a recruiting basis who seem to be sympatico.
If someone invited me on the basis of a post or comment, I'd probably
accept, and I've probably invited on the basis of the same thing.

That said, I don't use LinkedIn very well, and have been inactive for a
while. I've lost heart about the job situation, though I do miss my
colleagues, writing, and of course, the income :-)

So one of the things this thread is offering me is insights into how others
use LI. Thanks for thinking of it, Monique!

Kathleen




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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