I’ll connect to you on linkedin if I have met you – could be virtually- in a work context. I will sometimes make exceptions if you’re someone really interesting.

So when I got an invite from a name I didn’t know with just the generic invite text I went to linkedin site and checked the profile.

Not a company I’ve ever had contact with but is working in the same field. Has over 500 connections, one of whom is a first level connection to me  and a very good friend. Interesting.

So I contact my friend, who has put me in contact with some excellent people in the past and on whose recommendation I would connect to someone, I ask him how well he knows the requestor.

Not well it turns out, my friend – being a far more generous person than I – has a very open approach to linkedin connects with almost anyone who requests it. As it happens he approved the request about 20 minutes before I got my request.

It is of course completely fine to use Linkedin to “harvest” contacts, I just feel that what you are creating is a telephone directory and is not a reflection of your personal network.

I’ve hit ignore.

How do you decide whether to connect?

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