Written By: Trent Selbrede
I looked at my feed.
- You immediately spammed me thinking I needed your product/service (I don’t). The form letter was ful uf tpyos. The ALL CAPS told me it was an important message. I better check it out!
- You immediately asked me to hire you, do your Visa paperwork, and fly you in to start working. OK, can you start tomorrow?
- You hit on me. Really? Through LinkedIn from another country? I know that you are safe because your photo is a ‘car seat belt’ – selfie. Stay classy.
- You were disconnected and possibly reported.
- I realized that you ‘like’ every. single. thing. Oooh, a joke about hiding a dead body on the second page of Google. Priceless (in 2004)! And now my feed is cluttered, and I can’t find the good stuff.
- You hit the like button on inspirational quotes (and ads) and do nothing with the information. You answer math problems and word searches. Useless.
- You aren’t a professional photographer, but you upload and like pretty pictures of private islands that are 10,000 miles from you. Dreamy!
- When someone posts a job and tells everyone how to apply; you ask, “how do I apply?” or post something like “want job.” Hired for great listening skills!
I only “muted” you. We can stay connected, but I am not sure why.
- You post great content.
- You post an inspirational quote, but you tell us what it means to you.
- You reflect and encourage others to do the same.
- You comment, like, and share other great/useful content.
- You have genuine conversations (thanks for adding this Deb).
These are just my feelings. We all like different things but be aware that a ‘like’ shares it with our network. Having connections means it’s not just about us.
If you are not sure what has value, observe some valued LinkedIn members. A few that I think continually deliver on the yessss: Dustin McKisson, Jeffrey Strickland, Deb Helfrich. Follow them or find a LinkedIn mentor in your network.
Sure there have been a few creeps and jerks, but far more really good people with interesting backgrounds and great insights. I’ll take the UGHs and the MEHs to get to the YESSS but I wish I didn’t have to.
Yes LinkedIn, we know…only accept invites from people we know. I know a lot of hotel people, but I like a diverse network. I am not looking for quantity of connections, but I am always looking for quality.
I accepted your invite…your move.
Reposted with permission. To read the original on Trent’s LinkedIn click here.