Thursday, March 19, 2015

The "I Accept All Requests " Fallacy

Every once in a while I see the "I Accept All Requests!" statement posted along someone's name on LinkedIn.

My question is: Does that make any sense?

While I am fully aware of the "social" aspect of these types of networks, I question the purpose behind collecting "contacts" just for the heck of it.

Are people that desperate for having lots of contacts, or am I just missing the point? Someone please clue me in.

I recently accepted an invite to join someone's network. The fact that this individual had posted the "I Accept All Requests!" tagline along with his name should've been enough of a red flag for me to simply ignore it. But since it appeared that the guy was a true gearhead (yeah, I actually read people's profiles), I decided to accept the invitation.

The fact that there was no profile photo should've been yet another red flag, but—again—I saw enough pics of cars that I thought he probably was okay.

Well, as I scanned LinkedIn posts the next morning, I started to see photos of different automobiles, all with the same headline and message. It was my new "contact" who basically was asking (trolling may be a better word), for more people to join his network.

Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but by the twentieth post, I was sick of seeing the same useless message plastered all over the place. So I clicked over to his profile and quickly removed him from my network.

In my opinion, collecting "eyeballs" is totally fine, if you're still living in 1998.
But, if you live in the present, you may want to focus on engagement and network participation.

I much rather have just a few honest "likes" or comments to posts I make, than to have people from around the planet joining my network so we can all spam each other.

But again, maybe I am just missing the point of LinkedIn. If so, please take a minute to educate me.