What Kind Of People Are In Your LinkedIn Network?

March 26th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

This morning I’m going through my old invitations to and accepting them … being out of town so much really took me out of the loop.

As I look at these invitations I started thinking about the makeup of my LinkedIn network… here’s what I can think of off the top of my head:

  • People who have read my books or articles
  • People who have heard me speak in person or on webinars or teleseminars
  • JibberJobber users (I don’t get as many invites from JJ users as I would have thought)
  • Unemployed professionals
  • Career professionals, such as resume writers, career coaches, etc.
  • Recruiters
  • Another class of recruiters, which are those coming from Dave Mendoza’s list (Dave recommends me to recruiters, so every once in a while I’ll get hundreds of invitations out of the blue from his followers)

That’s it off the top of my head… it’s a very diverse group.  I have only sent a handful of LinkedIn invitations out as I haven’t proactively grown my network much – I haven’t needed to.

What about you – what types of people are in your network, and are you happy with the mix?  Does it make sense for you to have that type of mix?

  1. 2 Responses to “What Kind Of People Are In Your LinkedIn Network?”

  2. By Walter Feigenson on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    When I started on LI, I only sought and accepted connections from people I knew well enough to recommend or introduce to others. I turned down a few requests, explaining my criteria for accepting.

    I also sought out a couple of LIONs, to expand my reach in case I needed to get in touch with somebody outside my network.

    But somewhere along the road, I decided to accept invitations from anybody who takes one of my personal branding workshops. And LI’s new notes feature for contacts makes that easier to deal with (I simply note where/when I met people I really don’t know well).

    I still think that my original method was proper for somebody who isn’t making LinkedIn part of their life’s work.

    It’s worth repeating again what you wrote about the other day. If somebody – in good faith – invites you, you should reply and archive the message instead of saying you don’t know the person and leaving a LI black mark against them. And make sure your reply says why you’re not accepting the link request.

  3. By Brian Schuster on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    Being a recruiter, I was a LION for the first 6 months I was on LinkedIn. All I looked for were people who were also LIONs and my goal was to get as big a network as I could. After I got past 1,000 people, I stopped actively finding people and started to use some of the other good features on LinkedIn, such as Answers and Polls.

    Essentially, the make-up of my network is people with over 1,000 connections and the people who have seen me as a LION. I don’t know a lot of the people in my network, but it is nice to have the ability to connect with a lot of people if I wanted to.


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