I investigate and find that the correspondent has four contacts, that’s all. Also I have no knowledge of the name.
I search my contacts database by first name and last name. Nothing turns up.
Who is this person?
There is a chance that we met briefly at a trade show or a networking meeting, but if so, we have had no contact since then. Not an email, not a phone call. Nothing.
The person is in effect a total stranger to me.
I decline the invitation.
I learn the same day from a colleague of an invitation whose message content read I think “Don’t say you don’t know me”.
I don’t see LinkedIn as a way to make relationships.
I see LinkedIn as a way to be in touch with people with whom I already have a relationship.
LinkedIn isn’t a replacement for meeting people, or for getting to know them. That will always be done in person or by phone or by email; a combination of the three will cement the relationship.
But a random polling for interest?
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Now Keith I’ve met several times, chatted on the phone etc.:
“I didn't realize that you were a member of LinkedIn. I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.“
CLICK! Instant Acceptance.