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Please Don’t Send Me a Message on LinkedIn


Robby

It’s true that LinkedIn is a wonderful tool. Almost every time I visit with a jobseeker here in Central Indiana, or take a meeting with people, the topic of LinkedIn comes up. You should be on this network. But like many things in life, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

This is the case with LinkedIn’s messaging feature. If you and I are both members of LinkedIn and we are connected, it is possible for you to send me a message about any topic you like. If we’re not connected, you can send me a message in the form of a connection request. (Or if you pay for LinkedIn’s features, you can send me a message anyway.)

But personally, I can’t stand LinkedIn messaging. If you know me and want to write to me, send me an email. That technology has been around since 1971, and it works just fine.

Don\'t Message Me!
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There are lots of reasons never to use LinkedIn messaging if we’re already connected. Consider these weaknesses:

  • No formatting options (colors, bold, etc)
  • Can’t send attachments*
  • Can’t carbon copy yourself, or people you aren’t connected to on LinkedIn
  • Doesn’t come from your account, but (often) from <member@linkedin.com>
  • To reply in the same fashion, I need to login to LinkedIn

(LinkedIn added the ability to send attachments to messages. But now the attachment button is next in the tab-sequence after the body of the message, so I keep hitting tab-space to send and opening the !@#$ attachment dialogue!)

Email is the technology for sending direct, hand-written messages to people you know. LinkedIn is a platform for managing your network of professional contacts. But if you know someone via LinkedIn, you shouldn’t need to look them up there to send them an email. They should already be in your address book of your email program.

However, there’s a more profound reason you shouldn’t use LinkedIn to message other people. It communicates to them that you were thinking about them as you were browsing your network.. It’s completely okay to have a network of professionals that you trust, but if you’re digging around in your network and then decide to message someone from that network, it somewhat implies that you aren’t really that organized about keeping track of the people you know. In order to find someone you know to talk to them, you apparently have to go look for them on LinkedIn.

Or: it means that you want something from them in their network. And while it’s okay to ask your former colleague Bob to be connected to a person he knows, doing so from within LinkedIn demonstrates that you’re likely being self-serving.

So, don’t send LinkedIn messages to people you know. It’s hard for them to deal with, and more importantly, it may communicate that they really aren’t that important to you.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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Tue, July 22 2014 » Personal Organization, Technology Tips, Uncategorized

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