We need to start watching our manners on LinkedIn. There are a lot of people who are clearly irritated by the actions of some of us LinkedIn users. You may not be guilty of “poor etiquette,” but keep reading to make sure!
A few months ago I blogged about what my favorite LinkedIn pet peeves were. The post received its fair share of comments, but more than that it created a series of conversations on the LinkedIn Group “Executive Suite”‘s Discussion Board that are still continuing to this day. Not only did people touch upon lots of different pet peeves, but it also raises a general question as to what the proper etiquette should be for engaging with others on LinkedIn or any other social networking site. I have blogged a lot about different types of LinkedIn etiquette (check out my post on Group etiquette as well as Answers etiquette) and have sprinkled more advice throughout my LinkedIn book, but I wanted to thank the people who provided me with their comments by organizing this blog post from the ideas generated by the community who responded to my question. Although not intending to be a crowdsourcing experiment, they do offer a blueprint to reflect upon proper LinkedIn etiquette.
25 LinkedIn Etiquette Tips to Ponder
1) Asking for a recommendation from someone that you do not personally know nor have never worked together with.
2) People getting from/giving recommendations to family members to boost up their numbers.
3) People who, after giving them a recommendation, won’t respond to your request for one.
4) Someone asking for a recommendation out of the blue despite being out of contact for several years.
5) Receiving Invitations from strangers without a personalized text or reason to connect.
6) Cold-calling salespeople who send you Invitations.
7) Spam. One person remarked, “The amount of SPAM I am receiving is drowning out the quality discussions and information others have taken the time to post here. I have stopped receiving most updates from groups and cancelled membership in others that are filled with it.” Others brought up spam in messages such as “connect with me at [email protected],” “I am selling the absolute ground floor ponzi scheme opportunity,” “I need a job. Email me at [email protected]”
8) Being added to a mailing list simply because you are connected.
9) People that don’t respond after contacting them.
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10) People who use their Status Update to “tweet.” (“There is Twitter for that!”)
11) Recruiters who WANT Introductions but don’t GIVE Introductions, joining a Social Network yet choosing not to be sociable.
12) “Banal questions that are more like ice breakers at a social event : How do you define success ? What do you love about LinkedIn ? What do you hate about LinkedIn ? Do you tweet ?”
13) People who post a question and then answer their own question with their advertising.
14) LinkedIn Group Discussion Board Spam. “There should be more active moderation of ALL groups, such spam should be deleted, and users who abuse their membership should be blocked/banned.”
15) “Hardcore, unsophisticated sales pitches in the group discussion or status sections.”
16) “Rock fights in open forums. If you have an issue with somebody, take it outside then throw down.”
17) Job advertisements not posted on the LinkedIn Group Jobs boards.
18) Members of LinkedIn Groups who clearly don’t belong in the groups.
19) People “who join Groups solely to self promote, never exchanging ideas or contributing, but putting up messages that plug whatever crap they’re pimping.”
20) Posting a link on the Groups Discussions Boards in the headline instead of the text area. Links put in the headline cannot be directly clicked and it forces the reader to cut and paste the URL into their browser.
21) People whose comments on Discussions or Questions have very little value.
22) People that post “Please hire me” on Group Discussion Boards.
23) Jobs or comments posted in Groups without indication of what city/country they are located in.
24) Group spam, despite the fact that settings were supposed to prevent that from happening.
25) Responses to posts that have no relation to the Group Discussion or Question.
The below Pet Peeves were not necessarily related to social networking etiquette and were more general complaints about LinkedIn:
- Suspension of your LinkedIn Account without contacting the member and inability to appeal, the basis of most suspensions being from emails that rubbed people the wrong way. (I am trying to get details on this to share this potentially significant information with everyone.)
- Lack of place to enter certifications in the Education part of your Profile
- Unorganized LinkedIn Groups Discussions Boards (this is a lack of functionality on the platform side)
I believe that this is a pretty exhaustive list, but did we miss any? Please let us know!