LinkedIn Invites

I have received invites from various folks on LinkedIn – people I know and those I haven’t met or heard from. This made me think about the different types of people who make connections on LinkedIn – how many types are they?

  • Extremists – these are the profiles who are interested to meet and link to as many people they want. These are the possible ones who want to use their connections to grow in their professional lives
  • Socialists – They may not be sure of what they want to do with their connections but they like the number of connections they have on the account. It is like a ego-boost to them – the fact that they have 500 connections signify that they are well connected, as per them.
  • Regulars – These are the folks who accept connections as they receive as well as use the ‘People You may Know’ to connect to their friends (not anyone that they have met).
  • Un-socialists – These are the folks who have created an account but login once in a while to check and accept invites from those they know only. They will not send any invites on their own!
  • Loners – They are not on LinkedIn and probably have never heard of them. They don’t intend to join too unless they see the benefits. Also, it includes people who are circumspect of social media and feel that it intrudes on their privacies.

Do you see any other categories? Let me know.

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