A while back I was talking to a colleague during a company softball game. I pointed out that we’re now officially “linked in”, since I got an email from LinkedIn saying she accepted my invite. She commented that she was surprised to see how many contacts I have on that site. Last I looked, I had 307 contacts. I agree, that seems like quite a few!
There seem to be a few main purposes to having a profile and storing your connections with LinkedIn. It’s easy to keep all your business contacts in one place. You can still keep in touch with people, even if you only have their old email address. And there are plenty of ways to network and find new opportunities for yourself or others.
But can you have too many LinkedIn contacts? When I first joined LinkedIn, I went a little bit overboard with the invites and connection requests. I think I just wanted my colleagues (mostly fellow classmates at that time) to get involved in the site and see what it’s about. Now that things have settled down, I tend to get or send a few invites every few months. But I’ve started to wonder if all these contacts should remain on my list.
How closely connected in real life do we have to be for me to consider you a LinkedIn-quality contact? Is it better to have more people you’re aren’t very close to on there so you’re connected to and via more people? Or do you want to pare it down, since you’re likely to be judged by the company you keep?
I’m thinking of removing people who I added mostly from name recognition (classmates that I met once or twice), and keeping actually friends and colleagues on there.
What do you think? The more, the better? Or keep only the best?