Why I Eliminated 61% of My LinkedIn Friends

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  • I guess it depends on what you use LinkedIn for. Is there any real harm in being connected “weak links” – they may help you connect with others that you need to connect to in the future – you just don’t know. I have pro-actively started conversations with my “weak links” that have actually lead to strengthening them significantly.

  • Dear Stranger,

    I am one of those weird people who doesn’t use LinkedIn to make new connections but to stay in touch with people I have worked with or talked with in real life. If you are in that group I forgot, I am sorry.

    I would be glad to communicate with you. If there was some particular reason you were connecting, email me at …

    replace Stanger with the persons name and you have what you will get from me if I don’t know who you are and you invite me to linked in. Facebook is for family and high school friends. Facebook pages are for fans, Twitter is for anyone to follow me and anyone interesting for me to follow. Pinterest is for pretty. Linked in is for business.

  • Interesting. Though I hear you and I kind of agree with what you’re saying, I wouldn’t risk severing any links at LinkedIn.

    I would however be very concious about adding or accepting someone’s connection request but as far as severing links, I find it a risky move.

    I say risky because with all my years in business, there are improtant people, that I’m sure I had a meaningful connection with before but haven’t had the time to connect with them. I might have forgotten about them because of the lack of connection but that doesn’t mean that the experience that we shared before has no value at all. Forgetting can happento the best of us so why sever any links and risk it?

  • I’m seriously considering doing the same. I have 600+ LinkedIn friends and more than half of them are only online acquaintances. Although I do like the social proof that having many friends gives.

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