Over the weekend I found five minutes to look at my LinkedIn account. There were 84 requests sitting there waiting for me, and I found myself hitting delete over and over again.
I’m just amazed that people still don’t understand basic social media etiquette. When you’re wanting to add someone to your network that you don’t know on LinkedIn, it’s essential that you give some context as to why you’d like to connect.
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: adding someone to your network that you’ve never met before, and expecting them to respond positively is like going to a cocktail party or a networking event and thrusting your business card in their hands without saying anything. You’re expecting them to take that card and give you a smile and accept you as a contact, but really – would you? I’d be a bit creeped out, just as I am when people send me that dreaded message ‘I’d like to add you to my network on LinkedIn’ with nothing else. Um, yep, ok, but I have no idea who you are, so no thanks.
No essay is required with your request – just a line or two explaining why you’re reaching out. Easy!
Anyone got any other social media pet peeves that they’d like to share?