Looking at my Linkedin profile I realised that having 500+ connections simply doesn’t look good. The “+” makes it look like I’ve been hoarding contacts and frankly doesn’t represent who I do maintain contact with.
Today I went through an exercise of reviewing my Linkedin connections and I thought it would be an idea to pen down the thoughts I made to guide me through the selection process.
Who to keep
I made myself a list of qualities in my contacts that would affect my professional career, now or in the future, to help guide me through the selection process.
- People who I have communicated with recently
- People I work with, colleagues or partners
- People who have talents I may be needing in the near future
- People who are in positions to influence my career now or in the near future
- People in companies I may have contact with in my current role
- People, who doesn’t match the above, but who trigger a gutfeel reaction suggesting I should keep them
Linkedin is not the only way of connecting with people
I had an important notion fairly early on when I was trying to figure out whether or not to delete a contact, who I’ve known for some time, but who doesn’t fit any of my qualifiers: Linkedin isn’t the only way of connecting. This person I know from Twitter and fact is removing the person as a Linkedin connection doesn’t change our Twitter relationship. In fact, that is where we’ve always been communicating.
Similarly, I have long-term friends as Linkedin connections who I am unlikely to cross paths with professionally. all of these people I am connected with via Facebook.
The result and risk
The result of my review has reduced my Linkedin connections from 700+ to 431. And I am quite happy with the result.
But the risk is offending people with my actions, which is why I’ve made sure that anybody I know are still connected with me through either Twitter or Facebook.