Today I received an email that I get from time to time. I thought I would share my reply, with the person kept confidential, as well as their email to me.
Hope you are well since we met at XXXXX.
You’re right it’s not 18 million but closer to 15.
2153 Connections links you to 14,738,700+ professionals
20,837 New People in your network since April 15
It’s not unbelievable when you have been on linkedin as long as I have and talk to as many people as I do. Everyone I talk to or meet I ask them to connect with me. Look on my card I gave you. It has my linkedin information on it. The more you are connected to the better. Remember this because many people these days only “connect with people they know”. What a horrible waste of data and opportunity for them and for you. It’s not like you can’t see them in a search. But when you find them in a search how do you connect with them if you don’t have a contact to help you reach out to them?
Reliability and value are in the eye of the beholder. I hear this comment about the “value” of contacts from time to time but equate that to someone that goes to a single’s bar and won’t ask out anyone their they don’t know. That person is missing the point. Go to a networking group but only talk to people you know? 🙂
People that truly understand how to leverage social media and social / professional networking tools appreciate someone that can reach out to almost any company via a contact made.
See it’s all about perception. I could say that all the people you handed your card out to at the luncheon were not real contacts because, if they call you, they don’t “really” know you. Those people heard you give a talk about your product and book. They may remember the story about the thoughtful gift for your client but do they “know” you?
I have an entire section on my blog focusing on social media. I figured you were all over the social and professional networking getting the word out about XXXX. Great to hear from you.
On 04/17/09 5:20 AM, XXXX(name deleted)xxxx wrote:
18 million people in your 3rd degree contacts? I wonder if that might be helpful or hurtful for you to promote that? On one hand a company might really dig on the fact that you are that connected. On the other hand it might appear that you are promoting an unbelievable number of contacts which might force people to question the reliability or value of those connections. It just caught my eye and figured I would at least reach out.