I’m in LinkedIn. Every time someone that I don’t know wants to link me, here is basically what I answer:

Thank you for your request. I have a rule, I link only people I know and trust ….

The reason is pretty simple: I feel ‘responsible’ of the performance and reliability (whatever these two things mean in a given context) of my network.

One can agree or not and here is a pattern I’ve noticed in the answers I get:

  • almost ALL NON ITALIAN requestors do understand and above all respect my choice,
  • most of ITALIAN requestors seem offended in some way and try to justify themselves

What about you?