8 ways to piss off your LinkedIn connections

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Ah, social media. Alas, it's a club anyone can join as long as they have a browser and an internet connection. We're all still learning the rules together, and the truth is that behaviors you might consider absolutely benign could actually be annoying the rest of us.

When it comes to social media activity in your personal life, missteps in etiquette can easily be dismissed by your friends and family. However, on LinkedIn, the dominant social network for business, mistakes can affect your career and how your peers and colleagues view you. Unlike a friend who will tell you nicely when you're being annoying, you won't get the same patience in a business setting -- and you might not get a second chance. Be careful how you conduct yourself. Otherwise, you risk soiling your professional reputation and being "that guy."

8 ways to piss off your LinkedIn connections

Are you a LinkedIn misfit? The following are annoying LinkedIn moves that you might want to review to ensure that you are not sending out the wrong message to your peers. In the interest of full transparency, I openly admit that I have been guilty of a few of these in the past, and I plan to revisit some of my own LinkedIn practices moving forward.



Arthur Catalanello
Arthur Catalanello April 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I enjoyed your post Josh. Not having a picture on your profile is a pet peeve of mine too. I still encounter people with duplicate profiles, so I recently wrote a post about that. Would love to get your take on it:

Robert Hildreth
Robert Hildreth April 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

@Sione....Were you one of those people who said the internet was a fad 20 years ago? Its quite simple...LinkedIn is for business. I use it to keep my business connections off of my facebook. I use my facebook to connect with family and friends for a variety of reasons. LinkedIn has its place for us business people who talk about deals, share ideas and yes I have been recruited a few times even though I have declined the offer. For those who choose to use it....good luck in your connections and conversations.

Sione Palu
Sione Palu April 9, 2013 at 6:37 AM

I think that people put their profiles on LinkedIn so that they feel important. I see no benefit of putting one's profile there. If people do it simply because its good for their employment prospects, then I've yet to hear someone that's being hired solely on the employer checking out likely candidates on LinkedIn. I have academic researchers that I have requested their published papers before who have put their profiles on LinkedIn requesting me via automated email on a regular basis to join their network and I simply declined. I think LinkedIn is a fad.

Obi-Wan Plunkett
Obi-Wan Plunkett April 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

you totally missed.. "subscribe you to all the groups they are in and add you to spam email lists..

Mike Chornopesky
Mike Chornopesky April 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

And what about clueless endorsements? I don't know what to think when someone endorses me for something I don't do.

Olivia Gushin
Olivia Gushin April 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Great article! Very succinct! As are your previous ones.