Tag Archives: LinkedIn

3 Simple Steps to Add Value to Your LinkedIn Connections

What is your reaction when someone you barely know, or don’t know at all, seeks to connect with you on LinkedIn? You may agree to the connection, but it will be a loose link at best, unlikely to generate much benefit to either of you. Keep that in mind as you reflect on whether, or […]

Be a person, not a bot: don’t cheapen your social media network with garbage-like invites

“Feel like a numberFeel like a strangerA stranger in this land I feel like a numberI’m not a numberI’m not a number Dammit I’m a manI said I’m a man.”-Bob Seger Those lyrics come at the end of “Feel Like A Number,” from the 1978 album, Stranger in Town. It chronicles the alienation that comes from […]

Overcome Weakness in Your LinkedIn Chain: Invest in Others When You Don’t `Need To’

“You’re only as strong as the weakest link in your chain.” That adage came about well before the arrival of social media, obviously. For many, when it comes to LinkedIn, for example, the formula is something like this: 1. Accumulate as many contacts as possible by sending an impersonal, automated request to Link-In. 2. Proceed to […]

A Publicist Looks at 500 (LinkedIn Connections)

I’ve become one of them. I just joined the “500+ Club” on LinkedIn, meaning I am connected to more than 500 individuals. (For the record, as of 3 p.m. today, I’m at 502.) Why have I resisted this milestone? Because in all my communications, I strive for quality, not quantity, and I’ve long associated “500+” […]

Stop the Senseless Cranking Out of LinkedIn Invitations

It takes quite a bit to coax out the cranky side of me. Some sample scenarios: seemingly bright souls who fail to see the humorous relevance of “irregardless” in certain contexts; running across mention of the Red Sox collapse in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series; and getting yet another LinkedIn invitation from someone […]

Social Media Pruning: Is It About Time That You Trimmed `Deadwood’?

At first, it seemed strange. Then, it happened so often that it started to seem, if not normal, at least not so out of whack. And eventually it became almost commonplace. I’m referring to the experience of someone I’ve never met asking to connect with me on social media sites, specifically LinkedIn and Facebook. Usually, […]

Candidly Drawing the Social Networking Line

I recently asked someone to be my “friend” on Facebook. He declined. My immediate, gut response: pleased and impressed. On the surface, my reaction may seem odd. But let’s consider some background: I’ve spoken with this particular individual, a newspaper reporter, about five times over the past few years, as he worked on stories with […]

LinkedIn Survey Feature Shows Promise

With each passing day, it seems, something new emerges in the social-media realm. Or, to be more accurate, a new tweak comes to my attention for the first time. Two weeks ago, it was my discovery that you can create surveys on LinkedIn, the professional-networking site. Immediately, I did what I suggest anyone do when […]

Time To `De-Link’ a Non-Responsive Contact?

Last week, I recommended three people who had recently LinkedIn with me, bringing the tally of folks I’ve endorsed to nearly 50. For me, the quality of my contacts is much more important than the quantity. In fact, I’m mulling whether to drop one individual from my LinkedIn roster after he did not respond to […]