It is amazing how often I not only get asked this question of how to disconnect from someone and remove LinkedIn connections from my own personal network but also how frequently it appears on LinkedIn Answers. If you think of connecting to someone as their joining your virtual world, if the relationship does not work out because you feel you are being spammed or for another reason, you do have the option of disconnecting from them and removing them as a connection. Connecting with someone is not a marriage by any means! Hopefully this gives those who want to build out a large virtual network or even those who want to start slowly connecting to people that you virtually meet on LinkedIn some sense of security in doing so.
Disconnecting and removing a connection is as easy as going to the “Contacts” screen, pressing “Remove Connections” at the top right-hand side, and then choosing and confirming who you want to disconnect from and remove from your LinkedIn connections.
The beauty of using this Remove Connections functionality to disconnect is that:
- Your contact will not be informed that you removed them from your connections.
- Should your disconnected connection wish to invite you to connect again, even after you remove them as a connection, they will get an error message saying something to the effect that “This user cannot be invited at this time”. If they contact you directly about this be prepared to explain (I have been in the same situation in the past so you will have to explain in your own words).
- You can re-invite the person you disconnected from, in which case the connection will be fully restored as if you never removed them.
The ability to remove connections and disconnect should give you the confidence that should, for whatever reason, you want to disconnect with one of your connections, the option is there.And it is easy to do as well.
For more tips about using LinkedIn, make sure you check out my books Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn, Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing, and 30 Minutes to Maximizing LinkedIn.