There is an issue with LinkedIn that gets some people all bent out of shape. It hasn’t affected me yet because (a) I don’t invite that many people to connect, and (b) if I invite them, I first ask them outside of LinkedIn (phone, e-mail, or in person) if they want to connect, get their approval, and then do it through LinkedIn.
But I know some of you invite people fast and furious… not that it’s bad to do it, but the current design of LinkedIn disciplines you if you appear to be a spammer. The issue is that it’s too easy to appear to be a spammer, even if you aren’t.
On my I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? blog I address the issue in two posts:
I Donâ€™t Know You (OUCH!) talks about the issue and explains things you need to know, and
How To Know When You Get A LinkedIn IDK shows you screenshots to help you know if/when you get IDK’d.
This is an issue that all social networks face… what to do with those who “spam.” It’s ugly, though, because they will usually discipline you with no warning and with little recourse. Last year one of my favorite bloggers, Harry Joiner of MarketingHeadhunter.com, got his entire account disabled on Facebook because he simply used their tool to invite people to be his Facebook friend.
So there you go, just a simple warning to keep your account intact 🙂