Should You Accept LinkedIn Requests To Connect From People You Don’t Know?

Do you accept LinkedIn invitations from people you don’t know offline? In a recent survey by Adam Gordon on LinkedIn, out of 1,236 respondents, 76% said they selectively accepted LinkedIn requests to connect. Another 6% said they don’t accept any invitations from people they do not know offline and 18% said they accept all invitations whether they know the person or not.

Some people responded that although they selectively accept invitations, they are most annoyed when someone they don’t know indicates they are a “friend” or “someone they have done business” with when they are not. The biggest complaint was about people asking to connect whom they didn’t know and who didn’t give a reason as to why they wanted to connect. This is baffling because everyone knows that social media is not a numbers game, it’s a quality game. Quality fans, followers, and connections are what will generate that next lead, introduction, or sale.

Pros to connecting to people you don’t know:

  • Building a professional network
  • Building a relationship could be useful in gaining an introduction to another colleague in the future
  • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and you never know when that person might be able to help you
Cons to connecting to people you don’t know:
  • Your LinkedIn updates could get cluttered, especially if you connect with someone super active or a recruiter
  • It could lead to more pushy sale InMails
So what do you think? Do you think you should connect with people you don’t know on LinkedIn? Do you? Let me know in the comments below.



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About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.


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