Networking opportunities vs. possibly being watched by malicious people?
I evaluate every invitation I get to connect. The first criteria I look for is ‘do I actually know the person?’
If not, the second criteria is ‘are they connected to one of my connections?’
Failing those two, I look to see if we share any common interests.
If they pique my curiosity, I will often connect with them. If I see no possible connection or foresee a barrage of spam from my ‘new best friend’, I will decline the invite.
I suspect that many invitations to connect that we receive have been instigated by the Linkedin system posting it on the other person’s account as someone they might want to connect with.
I often wonder about invites to connect that I get from strangers who only have single digit connections and we have nothing in common.
Networking opportunities can be enhanced by leveraging your Linkedin connections however, having potential receptors for any content you are trying to promote through your network can be beneficial.
I’ve never worried about being watched by ‘malicious’ people. If they are malicious, I have a large enough digital footprint they could easily find ammo somewhere else besides Linkedin.
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