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Why is it so important to be connected on LinkedIn?
If you have less than 500 connections on LinkedIn, you can be found by approximately 3%ish of the LinkedIn Community.
However, if you have 500+ connections on LinkedIn, you can be found by approximately 90%ish of the LinkedIn Community.
Once you have over 500 connections, your total number of connections is not displayed on LinkedIn (in case you were worried about your employer wondering why you have so many connections).
Building your network dramatically improves your ability to be found on LinkedIn in addition to being seen as a thought leader and player in your industry.
That does happen a lot. I don't mind finding out about events or even teleclasses. However, I HATE hard selling messages. Some people send me messages asking me to buy something or check out their websites before even trying to get to know me first. I no longer have time to respond to pe,ople like that and I simply delete them out my network. I will probably never reach 500 contacts because I remove people often. From the time I have been on linkedIn, I have probably exchanged conversations with 1k people, but I had to drop some of them once I learned their true motive for connecting.
You actually sound more tolerant than me : ) If I've never had any contact with someone, except for accepting his or her LinkedIn invite, I really don't want to be solicited with teleclasses, etc. Maybe it's just me, but that feels like spam. Though I am connected with these people, I'd like to get to know them before they begin slamming me with "offers." I actually hadn't considered removing people. Maybe that is something I should consider. As it is, I've just been deleting their messages. Thanks for sharing your perspective.