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“Ten Rules of LinkedIn Etiquette for Business Professionals”

Posted on January 14, 2010
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Adrienne Carlson’s blog covers the latest developments and resources which will be of interest to MBA’s and business professionals. Adrienne shared her take on social networking etiquette with me a few weeks ago and I am happy to share it with you:

Unlike Facebook and the like, LinkedIn is strictly a social network for professionals with over 48 million members in over 200 countries. Working like a sophisticated online business card, members from those new to the workforce all they way to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies utilize the free service. However, there is a right and wrong way to do it, ….. the top ten rules of LinkedIn Etiquette for Business professionals.”

Since we’re on the topic, I’d love to be informed on why Linkedin removed personalized invites. I viewed it as the preferred method on their FAQS section but nonetheless … it’s gone. Let’s say, for example, when someone reconnects with you from college days, you would be less likely to recall and more likely to click “Doesn’t know” unless you have an opportunity to be reintroduced. One can conjure many examples where someone would be more likely to appreciate the advantage of a personalized introduction with legitimate origins in the request. Some would argue that a “one line, one-size-fits-all” invite complicates the process of creating meaningful connections. I am merely observing what others have expressed and I will be as intrigued as much as anyone about this recent change.



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