— 26 February 2006 —

Is LinkedIn Spamming Me?

I was updating my LinkedIn profile a few minutes ago while also feeling a little contact-envy toward James “I’m a nice guy and I have Friends” Archer. I started to peruse his contact list for people I already know and noticed Lea Alcantara on his list.

Lea is on my IM list and happened to be logged in, so I asked her if she wanted to connect. She said sure and sent me a request via LinkedIn. It was the standard request which puts in text for the requester. This was fine by me since I was expecting it. And expecting it here is key.

She IMd “sent you an invite!” except there was nothing in my in box. Nothing even after 5 minutes. Which is odd for email. So I thought I would check my junk folder, just in case. And there it was with the subject line of: Interesting Business Tool.

Now if I was a junk filter and noticed a subject line like that, from an email address I’ve never received email from before, I would put it in the junk folder too.

So, Konstantin Guericke (Konstantin is leading the efforts to spread the word about LinkedIn and to educate users about how to advance their career and business through their trusted contacts on LinkedIn.), I have a request, please…

It would be nice to receive an email with the subject: LinkedIn: A Request to Connect from [name]. Something like that. It will stand out and also cause me to pay more attention. It makes me wonder if I have missed other contact requests I have missed.

I’ve been on LinkedIn for a couple of years now. While overall I think it is cool to keep a professional network in place, and LinkedIn helps with that, I’ve never really used it. Have you? I would use it if I was actively looking for a job (instead of just wishing for a fun new job like I am now), but what else would I use it for?

[Updated]

After Jay’s comment on this post, I decided to do what he did…

Went to the home page:

linkedin home

Clicked on Add Connections and found myself here:

linkedin invite

The default Subject line was “Interesting Business Tool.”

I wondered what other connection types there were in the initial drop-down and below are 2 screen shots of how the text areas changed based on the type of connection you are trying to make.

linkedin invite clients

linkedin invite job

Not sure if I need this much help composing an email.

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