LinkedIn networking has become more complex over time. One thing that has become more and more necessary is maintaining basic business etiquette and online courtesy. People are naturally very sensitive to anything which vaguely resembles trolling or other irritating behavior. On LinkedIn, this isn’t always common, though it does happen.
The common euphemism for this range of behaviors is “networking mistakes”. Some people do innocently irritate others; others seem to be professional nuisances.
We have some LinkedIn networking tips for you to help you avoid and manage LinkedIn networking mistakes. As you will see, some of this is just basic good manners. Other options include knowing when to be strictly courteous and to expect courtesy in return.
Worst LinkedIn Networking Mistakes
Basic courtesy is lacking. Simply saying thank you, and acting like a normal human being is totally missing. It’s a serious mistake, and there’s no good reason for making this mistake.
Being “assertive”, a.k.a. “pushy”. This is perhaps the worst possible personal image message to send on social media. If messages come across as insensitive, inconsiderate, intrusive, or simply rude, senders can expect trouble. Very few people on LinkedIn will tolerate this type of behavior. Long-term members won’t tolerate it at all. Generally speaking, “assertive” people are either new to LinkedIn, or almost unbelievably dumb.
Being a nuisance. Fortunately for LinkedIn members, this isn’t a very common problem, but it does happen. Some people are surprisingly persistent, even when told unequivocally where to go and how to get there. The quick fix used by experienced LinkedIn members is to shut those people down, either through LinkedIn itself or by simply blocking people out.
Getting a bad reputation. It’s an interesting fact that on just about all social media one of the great social traditions of physical social life has re-emerged. If a person gets a bad reputation on LinkedIn, and that person becomes well-known, it really is a form of social suicide.
Ignoring LinkedIn group rules. Bizarre as it may seem, this truly incomprehensible form of stupidity still happens. Ignorance may explain some people deliberately ignoring group rules, and social media spats may explain some others, but it’s still not acceptable. If you’re a member of a LinkedIn group, you are bound by the rules of that group. Remember that and don’t argue with the basics, because those rules are also intended to protect you.
Being a social media ignoramus. This particular crime simply doesn’t have any upsides to it. A true social media ignoramus will typically act like an un-housetrained dog at a wedding. Offences may include posting inappropriate material, wasting people’s time, basically being a jerk, and showing a certain lack of basic behavioural skills expected of adults.
Fault finding and nitpicking. This type of social media interaction is only one step removed from actual bullying. Denigrating someone and detracting from their social media image and standing is not likely to be popular with anybody. On social media, those who attack others are seen as enemies or potential enemies.
Bullying. On most social media sites, particularly the top social media sites, bullying is a virtual request for extinction. Members loath it, sites hate it, and some people are even taking legal action about it. Nothing good can come of bullying, and like school yard bullying, the most likely scenario is that the bully will sooner or later pick on the wrong person.
Looking evasive or anonymous. Social media is based very much on trust. If someone seems evasive, and don’t provide much information about yourself, people will be reluctant to provide any information to them. Why would you want to do business with someone who doesn’t even really tell you who they are?
False information on a LinkedIn profile. A very small, very unwelcome minority on LinkedIn provide false information. This is a very strange approach to working on social media. The truth is that if people actually need a LinkedIn profile to profile to check credentials. If you’re doing business with someone, you can expect them to check you out. Putting false information on a LinkedIn profile is effectively providing proof that person cannot be trusted.
We hope you enjoyed our networking tips. Also remember that you can check with LinkedIn invitation message regarding any issues you may be having on the site.