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I accept all connection requests that come my way. I agree that some of them don't have much activity, however since they are all members of this community I accept the requests. I submit connection requests to members I have previously interacted with or sometimes after reading a post or watching a webinar and I want to connect with the contributor.
Bruce, I tend to agree with Ranmali's point of view. It rarely happens that someone could send you a SPAM but in case they do, you can report them and they will take immediate action.
One thing worth mentioning, that some of these members might be very new to this community and that's why they do not have much activity so by accepting their network request, you encourage them to engage more ... This is my humble opinion.
Bruce, first I agree with both Ranhali and Rami comments. I would add that my understanding to get in you have to paid either by being PMI member or ProjectManagement.com
Recently I received a request from someone who has over 1000 people in his network and had not bothered to post any bio info. Don't get me wrong. I have been wanting to update, and complete my info for quite some time. It's sparse. But I'm not sure collecting lots of network members is the goal.
For me, some of these gentlemen which did not have Bio, after connecting with them, they sent me private texts asking me how to indulge with this community and how to display their profile and upon advising them, they did it. Every person has his own reasons. Personally, being part of this community, I am always willing to help.
I like that the bigger my network the more that shows up in my network news, and it's often dialogue that I want to get involved in. I was a bit selective at first, but I believe there's something I can learn from everyone, and I hope I have something to share as well. I would default everyone in my network if there was a simple 'add everyone' button :)
You know, at first, I wasn't too picky. I'm new to these groups and could use the networking. But, after a couple of days of random requests based on my limited profile, I'm questioning their motives. Frankly, yours was the only request that made sense. We're from the same town, we know some of the same people. We can definitely be assets to one another. I'm questioning whether to ask some of these people why they asked to be in my network. Maybe I'm overlooking something intriguing about my work experience. If so, I'd like to know what that thing is so I can remember to highlight that in my resume.
Yes, a network for support is very important but we have this website for that. A personal network -- just seems like there should be something more than being a PM. Location, Industry, Chapter affiliation are all things that make sense to me in building the network.
The number of connections itself, isn't really a badge of honor is it?
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