While I like Chris‘ writing very much, I think it’s a good thing for LinkedIn that he left the network. It’s good for LinkedIn as a company and it’s good for everyone using LinkedIn as a business tool.
I am seeing my LinkedIn account value deteriorating for me as amount of my 1st and 2nd level contacts grows. I used to be able to find some connection that I needed and find who is the intermediary that could connect us. With connection explosion, it is much harder to find ‘good paths’ that can lead to results. You mail to 5 people for introduction, and they all say they just met the guy once at the conference.
The question is how could LinkedIn successfully prune ‘bad’ contacts? They don’t need to be entirely deleted, just marked somehow or put into a separate bucket. Could they do it algorithmically? Or should they just reduce number of contacts you have? Or maybe even award you if you have 1000 contacts and are willing to trim that down to 500?
Interesting post from social media guru Chris Brogan today nothing that he’s quit LinkedIn. According to Brogan, the reason that he quit is that LinkedIn has failed to fix a perceived bug he reported a month ago that he “can’t seem to add people back when they request he connect”.