The Ten Most Obnoxious Things People Do On LinkedIn

Liz Ryan, Forbes

LinkedIn is a job-seeker’s best friend and a fantastic tool for the rest of us, too!

LinkedIn is an incredible resource, and not just for researching companies and people, making and strengthening connections and keeping up with business trends.

LinkedIn is also a free business billboard for you and your company — and a wonderful platform on which to grow your thought leadership flame.

However, it is easy to be a rude LinkedIn user even by accident. Here are the 10 most obnoxious things people do on LinkedIn. Make sure you’re not doing these things, yourself!

The Ten Most Obnoxious Things People Do On LinkedIn

1. They spam you in your LinkedIn inbox.

2. They send you a connection invitation for one reason — so they can see and send connection invitations to your contacts!

3. They invite you to coffee to “pick your brain” although you do not know them.

4. They use your name in making self-introductions to people you know – without your permission.

5. They misrepresent themselves as having worked with or for you, when in reality they didn’t.

6. They steal their favorite parts of your profile and use them in their own profiles.

7. They push and prod you to share their blog posts, make introductions to people you know or help them find a job or a sales prospect they want to reach.

8. They connect with you to get your email address, and soon your inbox is flooded with spam.

9. They add you to their newsletter subscriber list without asking if it’s okay.

10. They hit you up to join their get-rich-quick scheme and tell your friends to join it, too!

The more LinkedIn connections you accumulate, the more likely you are to run into these ten types of LinkedIn rudeness.

Sponsors can pay LinkedIn for the ability to send out marketing messages that land in LinkedIn users’ inboxes.

You can quickly delete those messages if you don’t want to see them. It is beyond rude for your so-called friends and business contacts to spam you in your LinkedIn inbox!

Be careful when accepting LinkedIn invitations from people you don’t really know, because you may hear from your real friends that your newest LinkedIn contact is spamming them with connection invitations.

For some folks, the whole point of joining LinkedIn is to build a marketing database. If you hear that one of your first-degree connections is spamming your friends, cut the cord!

I recommend that everyone age 18 and up get a business card with the word “Consultant” on it — or some other word that represents what you do for money when you aren’t working at your full-time job. We are all consultants now!

When a stranger or a friend-of-a-distant-friend asks you to have coffee or lunch with them so they can “pick your brain” (get consulting advice for free, that is), let them know that you are always happy to schedule a consult over coffee, lunch or dinner and let them know the price for that service.

Your close friends and family members are entitled to your advice for free — other people can pay for it.

Introduction-stealing is a common problem on LinkedIn and in the real world, too. Here’s how it works.

Someone connects to you on LinkedIn and sees that you are connected to someone they want to meet — Bill Gates, for instance.

Instead of asking you to make an introduction, they reach out to Bill directly and say “[Your name] suggested that I contact you.” That’s a lie! You made no such suggestion.

An introduction-stealer is a low-down dog, and I mean no disrespect to man’s best friend in making that comparison. Get this person out of your network straightaway!

Some LinkedIn users will claim association with you by falsely reporting in their LinkedIn profile that they did a project for you or worked for you in the past.

You can report them to LinkedIn but it’s probably not worth the trouble. If anyone asks you to recommend the scammer, you can set the record straight then.

From time to time you’ll be browsing LinkedIn and see that another user has lifted an entire paragraph from your profile — or your profile in its entirety! You can report these folks to LinkedIn. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery!

Real friends value your time and attention. Fake friends who do not value those things will needle you to death by asking you to Like all of their posts, comment on them, make introductions for them or help them with their job search or their business. These are not people who deserve your time and attention.

LinkedIn users who get your email address by connecting with you and then immediately try to convert you into cash by spamming you, selling your email address, making you an unwilling subscriber to their newsletter or hammering you to join their get-rich-quick scheme are not people you have room for in your network.

It’s easy to cut the cord with any first-degree LinkedIn connection. To disconnect from a first-degree connection simply browse to their profile, click on the blue arrow to the right of the words “Send a message” and choose “Remove connection” from the pull-down menu.

Click on “Remove connection” and you and the rude person will no longer be connected on LinkedIn. What a nice feeling that will be!


This article was written by Liz Ryan from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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