I don't have that many connections on LinkedIn - I'm way behind some people that I know, who are on the 500+ level. In fact I'm on 163. So not that bad.
The thing is, I know for a fact that some
of my connections (only some, not all of them by any stretch) have
people in their network that they've never spoken to, let alone had any
professional or personal dealings with them. I know this because I've
received connect requests from people in their network, and done the
obvious thing - "Hi John, what's this Liz like? I ask, because she's in
your network". And that's when I find out that John has no idea about
Liz, she just wanted to join his network, and he wanted a bigger
So I'm with the "official" LinkedIn guidelines on this one.
upshot is that I do actually know everyone in my network. I might not
have spoken to some of them in a while, but at some point I've spent a
fair amount of time with them - so if you ask me about any of them, I
can tell you about them. It also means that a lot of my friends are in
my LinkedIn network, I know them, I trust them, and I'd recommend them
to you without hesitation.
So it's a great way of
keeping up with what my friends are all up to. Good to know that John is
now not only connected to Liz, but also Alice, Brian, Clare and David,
and is planning a trip to South Africa having won a major client there.
As we haven't seen each other for a while, I did email John last week
because some of us are going out for a beer, and it would be great if he
could join us. In fact I texted him as well, when I didn't get a reply
to the email, but I've not had a text back either. I know that he is
very busy, from all these LinkedIn status updates I keep reading.
if you are reading this, we really would love to see you at the pub
next week, surely you have a couple of minutes spare to let me know one
way or the other, in between expanding your LinkedIn network? In fact
you must have a couple of minutes spare, as you've just been reading