LinkedIn networking philosophy is based on a simple rule that says that a person should not invite to connect people with whom they have no prior relationship to join their network.1
A LION, LinkedIn Open Networker, views the LinkedIn community as overly restrictive and is pro Open Networking.
As part of open networking a LION places their email address on their profile, or even in their name field. (Which I personally find irritating when importing my contacts into Gmail.) They often add that they are open to new connections on their profile. LinkedIn, quite understandably, is not amuzed. They believe it cuts into their profits.
Super Connectors, a level of networker who has over 10k connections, are disdained on LinkedIn.
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Steven Burda is such a networker. (LinkedIn’s Most Unusual Members: Meet The Super-Connected) He and I are first level contacts. Many of the super connectors are hassled by LinkedIn about supposed infractions of the LinkedIn Terms of Service. Getting mail from the LinkedIn Privacy department that they are violating the Terms of Service, including adding an email address to their profile or in their name field. A number of the top LinkedIn have had their accounts restricted or have even been banned.
Even Thomas Power Chairman of Ecademy will soon hit the limit, “@webhat oh dear i am 22,0002“
So what to do if you’re a LION and love LinkedIn as a platform?
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