I keep hearing about the LinkedIn threshold of 5 “I don’t know” responses. I just got a message that I am nearing this, which I assume means 3 or 4.
Besides requesting a reset from LinkedIn, do you know if there is a statute of limitations on that count, like it goes away in a month or something? I just did some connecting en masse but rarely do it.” — Karl W., Baltimore, Md.
Christine’s Answer: Thanks for writing, Karl. The count of your “I don’t know” responses is cumulative. If you reach the threshold, contact the Help Center (the link is upper right of every LinkedIn page, underneath your picture as of October 2014), and they will provide you with options.
As a LinkedIn user with over 5,900 contacts who sends invitations daily, I highly suggest not connecting en masse unless you know the users are all LION’s (LinkedIn Open Networker’s).
I’ve found that using the interaction opportunities that Groups provide to be the best way to ask others if they’d like to connect on LinkedIn. That way they can “pre-agree” to connect with you or not.
BONUS TIP: Send your invitations from the person’s profile on your computer, NOT MOBILE, so you can personalize it.
Different users have different goals for being on LinkedIn … some are open to connecting with everyone, others only with those who seem appropriate, and still others only those they’ve met face-to-face.
To your LinkedIn success,
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