OT: Linked-In

From: John Aldrich 
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Guys, I could use some advice here... I have a guy who's the Director  
at a financial institution in the UAE who wants to be a connection.  
He's a first-level connection to someone I know. I checked with that  
person who said that he accepts just about everyone, which doesn't say  
much. Honestly, I know the purpose of that site is to make  
connections, but I have to say I'm a bit cautious about accepting just  
anyone.
What's your philosophy on LinkedIn connection requests? Anyone know  
anyone in the UAE who might be able to vouch for someone? :D

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I dunno, but to me LinkedIn = Facebook+Resumes. So, honestly, LinkedIn has little weight in my opinion.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ LinkedIn is just a Facebook for professionals, I'd never use it for seriously vouching for someone a'la jobs.

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I use LinkedIn for networking quite a bit. That said, I almost *never* accept LinkedIn connection requests from people I don't know, or have never met.... especially if that said person trying to connect with me uses the default LinkedIn "I'd like to connect with you" message without saying WHY they want to connect. When I do get one of those connection requests, I usually either ignore it or respond back by saying something to the effect of "thanks for reaching out to me, do I know you"?

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ David's method makes the most sense. You don't want someone who is connected to you to think that you are vouching for this user.

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I reject connection request from people I don't know I also reject connection requests from people I do know, if I think they ar= e an asshole ;-) I have also "un-connected" a few people after I had accepted their connecti= on requests.=A0 Why?=A0 Because I can. --- On Mon, 3/18/13, David White wrote: From: David White Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT: Linked-In To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Date: Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:28 PM I use LinkedIn for networking quite a bit. That said, I almost never=A0acce= pt LinkedIn connection requests from people I don't know, or have never met= .... especially if that said person trying to connect with me uses the defa= ult LinkedIn "I'd like to connect with you" message without saying WHY they= want to connect.=0A When I do get one of those connection requests, I usually either ignore it = or respond back by saying something to the effect of "thanks for reaching o= ut to me, do I know you"?=0A =0AI dunno, but to me LinkedIn =3D Facebook+Resumes. So, honestly, LinkedIn has little weight in my opinion. =0AOn Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM, John Aldrich wro= te: =0A=0AGuys, I could use some advice here... I have a guy who's the Director= at a financial institution in the UAE who wants to be a connection. He's a= first-level connection to someone I know. I checked with that person who s= aid that he accepts just about everyone, which doesn't say much. Honestly, = I know the purpose of that site is to make connections, but I have to say I= 'm a bit cautious about accepting just anyone. =0A=0A=0A=0AWhat's your philosophy on LinkedIn connection requests? Anyone = know anyone in the UAE who might be able to vouch for someone? :D =0A

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I thought we were friends Ed, I thought we were friends!

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ I only link to people I actually know.. and would want to be known publically as knowing and reccomending that I know them. I've made some exceptions for people I only know via Chugalug...

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ yes, you are safe :)=A0 and still connected.=A0=A0 lemme know ahead of time= next time you are in town (for Alpha pickup).=A0=A0 I hope to be trekking = down to Atlanta area for the Southeast Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 in a f= ew weeks. --- On Mon, 3/18/13, Stephen Kraus wrote: From: Stephen Kraus Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT: Linked-In To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Date: Monday, March 18, 2013, 1:29 PM I thought we were friends Ed, I thought we were friends! =0AI reject connection request from people I don't know =0A I also reject connection requests from people I do know, if I think they ar= e an asshole ;-) I have also "un-connected" a few people after I had accepted their connecti= on requests.=A0 Why?=A0 Because I can. =0A --- On Mon, 3/18/13, David White wrote: =0A From: David White Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT: Linked-In To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" =0ADate: Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:28 PM I use LinkedIn for networking quite a bit. That said, I almost never=A0acce= pt LinkedIn connection requests from people I don't=0A know, or have never = met.... especially if that said person trying to connect with me uses the d= efault LinkedIn "I'd like to connect with you" message without saying WHY t= hey want to connect.=0A When I do get one of those connection requests, I usually either ignore it = or respond back by saying something to the effect of "thanks for reaching o= ut to me, do I know you"?=0A =0A=0AI dunno, but to me LinkedIn =3D Facebook+Resumes. So, honestly, LinkedIn has little weight in my opinion. =0AOn Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM, John Aldrich wro= te: =0A=0AGuys, I could use some advice here... I have a guy who's the Director= at a financial institution in the UAE who wants to be a connection. He's a= first-level connection to someone I know. I checked with that person who s= aid that he accepts just about everyone, which doesn't say much. Honestly, = I know the purpose of that site is to make connections, but I have to say I= 'm a bit cautious about accepting just anyone. =0A=0A=0A=0A=0AWhat's your philosophy on LinkedIn connection requests? Anyo= ne know anyone in the UAE who might be able to vouch for someone? :D =0A

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I won't be back in Chattanooga for a little bit, unless something tempts be back up that way.

=============================================================== From: Mike Robinson ------------------------------------------------------ LinkedIn is something that I put as a fairly obligatory piece of my = signature, but I didn't pay any money for it, and wouldn't, and I = turn-down every connection request as they come in. Social networking = is not a source of a professional reference or a true business contact = .. which is a relationship that must be carefully nurtured. True = business contacts, true references and so on, are very much a matter of = trust, and so are not a thing to be blabbed to the universe, no matter = how easy such blabbing might have become. I'd offer this analogy: the decision to hire someone is a $100,000+ = decision; the decision to do business together can be millions and = years. On what do you, should you, actually base such a decision? = Would you "trivialize" that decision? Would the mere ease of gaining = access to (unverifiable) information prompt you to trust it? "Skeptics = live longer." --------- Mike Robinson Technical Director Sundial Services International, LLC http://www.sundialservices.com miker@sundialservices.com (615) 268-3829 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-robinson/51/532/5a

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ +1. I ignore people I do not know unless they have a legitimate reason to co= nnect. -AW t LinkedIn connection requests from people I don't know, or have never met..= .. especially if that said person trying to connect with me uses the default= LinkedIn "I'd like to connect with you" message without saying WHY they wan= t to connect. or respond back by saying something to the effect of "thanks for reaching o= ut to me, do I know you"? e: a financial institution in the UAE who wants to be a connection. He's a fir= st-level connection to someone I know. I checked with that person who said t= hat he accepts just about everyone, which doesn't say much. Honestly, I know= the purpose of that site is to make connections, but I have to say I'm a bi= t cautious about accepting just anyone. ne in the UAE who might be able to vouch for someone? :D

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Aaron Welch : Thanks, guys... the way I look at LinkedIn is that it can be a way to get information about jobs you might not otherwise hear about. That's kinda how I got the job I have now. I sent an email to a guy who I used to do business with when I was working for Blueridge Carpet and he said he was working somewhere else now and he had a client that needed someone to help out. Next thing you know I'm a Telecom Engineer. :D Long story short, I think I'll decline the connection invite. I feel better about doing that now.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about LinkedIn, why are you asking Facebook questions about LI? Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJRR47eAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdbGkIAI8Ge5kQyIQ0nfB8MhvMoTZ4 D4m07AiL5M1zlOGV48n4dQ2VcTlGxOLqkRqbx2AWyyei+sBm0Q31vEJ2Pt6c+MR6 ZmwSEXQjV/tq4E/XtS/CuoBWPWFp15FTkGUy5c/GqsUgQ1w02vIzYVWJI4MGx10p WvBNtZrZHwk24j6qaGjh4tlfjSuako3nn6AxVahlQqY+fJcsRYaVY1XpMqjRlr35 /rV2V/P8bn/tDt+82J4a6SPcwnzOUNxWC76oKmVBThzbOUEfYktg8fUvWNNbY8LE Q+jBZpqeLSfJf+M1Z6eHP6PdIFOozVtuEz/ru4r6FW7g4Fhge8ER+lE2E2KUxZY= =0di7 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----