I get a lot of invitations. Right now I’m accepting a bunch from my two weeks out of town. When I’m NOT lazy I try and take a few seconds and let people know who I am, what I do, how I do it, etc.
How? Simple. Instead of doing a bulk invitaton accept, I go in and accept each invitation one-by-one. Below the invitation you have the three buttons:
And to the right of that you have a Reply link:
Now, if ALL my invitations came to my JibberJobber e-mail, I would simply reply there. Unfortanately, there is some bug in LinkedIn so that I can’t REPLY from my gmail account… so anyone who sends me an invitation to my Gmail address needs to get a REPLY from within LinkedIn, not from Gmail (darnit!).
Anyway, I click on the Reply link, and then say something SHORT (like, “Happy to connect with you on LinkedIn.”).
And then, here’s the key, I put in my e-mail signature. A simple copy-and-paste works. I lose formatting, but that’s okay:
Yes, this info is in my LinkedIn profile… but maybe the inviter didn’t read it, and never will. At least this way they are sure to get my most important links and info right in their inbox