Pruning (or deleting) LinkedIn Connections

December 22nd, 2011 | by Jason Alba |

Yesterday I alluded to the danger of pruning LinkedIn Connections.

I could be wrong and outdated, but the way it used to work is this:

  1. You and I are connected.
  2. You decided to disconnect from me.

Crazy, huh?

If you are thinking about cleaning up your network, I would recommend you only disconnect from someone who you know you’ll never want to connect with again (a spammer, for example).

Unless LinkedIn has changed this, I’d say it’s better to have that contact there dormant then to shut off the communication channel forever.

  1. 5 Responses to “Pruning (or deleting) LinkedIn Connections”

  2. By Jos Essers on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Fully agree: dormant contacts can at any moment wake up and join in the fun game I call serendipity. Removed contacts are Removed.

    I saw a conversation where someone asked “why am I connected to all these people I do not even know”

    The one and only answer to that is to play the game of serendipity. Did the beatles sing “give peace a chance”, the LinkedIn song should be “give serendipity a chance”. And for that to happen one has to be around and one has to be mentioned in timeline-updates.

  3. By AnnaLaura Brown on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    How do you make a contact dormant? and does that stop the person from emailing you constantly?

  4. By Jason Alba on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    AnnaLaura – you don’t really make a contact dormant… you just leave them there and don’t do anything with them.

    If someone was “emailing me constantly” I’d remove them… :)

  5. By Tom Staskiewicz on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    Dormant connections does not mean that they will not connect with someone who is of value. The greatest value in your network comes from those that are once or twice removed. Don’t be hasty and simply get rid of people, they are doing you no harm.

    I also advise people that if you are in an industry where your competitors like to prey on your connections; dormant connections create “white noise” and make it more difficult for someone to search for value among your connections. Sure you can prevent people from seeing your connections, but, to me, “white noise” is better.

    I’ve only had one person that I removed from my LinkedIn connections.

    He sent me an invite and I accepted. I usually do. Next I receive periodic messages that simply say “Hello” or “How are you?” I don’t know this person, so I’m thinking what’s up with this. I don’t respond.

    Finally after I don’t know how many messages; I tell him that this is not the way to communicate and that people will get irritated. The response “I only want to be your friend.” I still don’t know the person and we have nothing in common. The messages continue and finally I get fed up and ask him to stop. He doesn’t, so I disconnect. I then get an obscene message referring to parts of the body; so I report him to LinkedIn…never to be heard from again.

  6. By Sara Groves on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASE WOULD SOMEONE DELETE MY ACCOUNT. I am retired have no desire to get a job. I don’t belong on this site. I filled the info under false assumption. PLEASE GET ME OFF THIS SITE!
    there is no place that give info as how to delete your account! I feel like I am being held hostage and my phone is taken over because I refuse to give my password to gmail. Get me out of here, PLEASE!!!!!

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