Your network is only as good as you make it

We hear about all of these social networking tools online. I think each tool out there has its own pros and cons, but like a database it is only as good as the effort you put in to utilize it. I recently did a quick audit on my contacts in LinkedIn and realize that 95% of my contacts are in the staffing industry. Now that is good to one degree, but also showed that my network lacked diversity. However one of my colleagues who is a recruiter has nothing but SAP candidates as her contacts, which smart since that is all she recruits for at the moment.

Here is something else I have experienced. In the last two weeks, I have received countless "friend invites" on Linkedin, and it is usually someone who wants to sell me something. Oh sure they try the "let's see if our networks" can help each other" guise..but eventually the next thing that happens is someone selling me a staffing solution, or some type of software that will supposedly solve all my recruiting problems.

I think there should be some business etiquette when asking to join someones network. Get to know that person, before jamming your products down there throat. What do you think?

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Comment by John R. Naugle on October 15, 2007 at 3:28pm
Greetings from Atlanta: City of Peace,

Kevin, your statement: "I think there should be some business etiquette when asking to join someones network" is on point.

Peace in...
Atlanta: City of Peace and globally,
John
Comment by Sally Raade on March 13, 2008 at 4:27pm
Hi Kevin,

I agree with you....
Comment by Tim on July 11, 2008 at 5:46pm
Hi Kevin:

Interesting points - I also agreed with a few of your 'pet peeves' on an earlier blog.

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