Saturday, March 20, 2010
You might not be well aware yet that LinkedIn has a blacklist, since the "punishment" installed hasn't been made too obvious: it's more an "implied suggestion" rather than a rule. LinkedIn tells you not to invite people you don’t know, but they don’t make the "side effects" clear.
See the page below which asks you about the "source of your connection" each time you hit an invite button:
The thing is that if 5 people say they don’t know you, you get blacklisted. How this may happen?
If your invitation is sent to someone on LinkedIn, the person has the option to Accept, Archive, or say “I don’t know this user”. It's enough for 5 people to say “I don’t know this user” and you are put on the "uncomfortable" LinkedIn blacklist. Thus, every time you want to invite someone in the future you will need to type in the person's email address, which is particularly disturbing when you’re trying to connect with:
* childhood friends;
* college friends;
* sales contacts;
* someone you've recently met on a busy networking event;
* anyone else you haven’t seen for a long time and LinkedIn appears to be the only source (particularly since you don't have a clue about this person's email)
Now the questions are:
1. How do you find if you are approaching to the "fearful 5" or if you've already exceeded your 5 IDNs?
2. How do you find who marked "I don't know this user" on your invitation?
Here are the steps you need to take to ensure your invite feature comfort:
* Open your LinkedIn home page;
* Access the Inbox on the left and choose Sent option;
* Go to the Inbox Sent page, click Status in the upper right to view the Invitations that you’ve sent;
* Now search for the status “Doesn’t Know”, which will appear in alphabetical order in the middle of the following:
* Doesn’t Know
* In Progress
At this point you know the culprits. What can be done? Since you already know who denied your connection - get them to invite you instead (asking a referral invite: by means of your existing 1st level LinledIn connections or putting the effort to find their email addresses). This will eliminate the IDN restriction, which is only made slightly visible in the notice below, when you hit Find out Why button:
However, there's an other "anytime works best" option: sending an apology to LinkedIn’s customer service at email@example.com so that they reset your IDK’s unaware offence.
Remember to be mindful yourself before you click the IDK button. You can always click archive which:
* Will not put off someone’s credibility;
* Will allow you to think more about who the person is and come back to it at a later date.
Hope this was useful. Any comments and suggestions for the upcoming Digital Lunch Menu are welcome!
Cooking for you,
Digital Lunch Team
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