I see a bunch of LinkedIn Profiles that have a few hundred connections and say they are LIONs, or LinkedIn Open Networkers (aka, LinkedIn LIONs). I shared my thoughts on LinkedIn LIONs a few months ago (nice heated discussion there)… today I want to follow up on a concept that bugs me.
I think it’s important to understand what being an OPEN NETWORKER means to you. Does it mean (any or all of these):
- you will connect with anyone who invites you?
- you are interested in nurturing relationships with everyone you connect with?
- you don’t care about the person (relationship) and are really just interested in adding them to your LinkedIn database so that you can do searches and get results from their network (which are now your second and third degree contacts)
Why are you, or do you want to be, a LION? I know open networkers, and they are nice people. I think too many have no idea what to do with their networks, but want to be open… that makes sense to me… but I think the reasons to have large, or huge, networks, are cloudy.
Not that you have to have solid reasons… but I think you need to think about your network philosophy or purposes before you say you are, or are not, a LION.
** I should mention, I use the term LION loosely…. apparently there is a very solid, strict definition of LION which some people think is quite controlled, almost like a managed brand, but I’ve seen a lot of people who generically use the term (outside of the strict interpretation) of LION.