I created a LinkedIn account in 2009, and since then I have grown my network to 500+ connections. This large network, however, can create a lot of clutter on my LinkedIn newsfeed. While users can customize the updates they receive (see: Privacy & Settings), 500+ users can generate a significant amount of updates, including posts they “like,” comment, or share.
The other week, while engaged in some social media spring cleaning, I decided to ‘unconnect’ with a number of connections. These connections either spammed me with inbox messages, produced too many updates that were irrelevant to me, or commented on too many “You’re a genius if you can solve this puzzle.” But that’s just me…
I wanted to find out from other LinkedIn users if they unconnect, or just hide other user updates.
Question: “Do you ever ‘unconnect’ with people, or do you just hide their updates?”
My LinkedIn connections provided me with some interesting answers:
Mary Jane: “No – I’m open to everything but I skim over a lot!”
Solution: Social media users are inundated with messages on social media platforms. Nearly everyday I someone mentions they feel overwhelmed by the volume of information. Understanding that users skim updates, make sure you post relevant and concise updates with a compelling call-to-action.
2. GO-TO SOURCES
Pat: “To date I haven’t unconnected or unfriended anyone. But I definitely follow some people’s post more than others.”
Solution: Is there a specific website, blog, or fellow LinkedIn user update that you always make time to read? What about that blog or user draws you in, and keeps you coming back? Develop a strategy that positions your LinkedIn profile as a go-to source for your industry – posting timely and relevant content.
Erin: “Just hide their updates.”
Solution: Uh oh. You’ve done something and now the LinkedIn user has hid ALL of your updates. Unfortunately, there is no way to know that someone has hidden your updates. To ensure you remain in newsfeeds share interesting content, and be careful of how many times you click “like” on an update, or compose a comment on an update.
Have you ever unconnected with someone on LinkedIn? What was it that made you click “Unconnect”?