Social Media etiquettes are as important as you behave in-person. Especially in a Professional networking site like LinkedIn, it is more important that how you expose yourself. Here are some common DON'Ts on LinkedIn, any professional networking sites in that case, which might be helpful for those who want to maintain professionalism in social media sites:
1. Do not send invites to a person whom you don't know – You lose your crebility by sending anonymous invitations and there are less chances that it will be accepted too.
2. Do not request recommendation if you don't know that person – Recommendations are by people who worked with you and appreciate your work. If you request recommendataion if he has not worked with/under/above you, it's not worth asking for.
3. Do not SPAM your LinkedIn connections with marketing email – You have a high chance of losing connections by using your connections as an email marketing list. Instead, send customized emails to your contacts on how you can help them.
4. Do not leave your profile incomplete/empty – People would like to know more about you before having a business relationship with you. Only some people will contact you and ask more details about you and many people just ignore and move to the next provider.
5. Do not create duplicate accounts by accepting invitations from your email address or by any other way – Having duplicate accounts will create a confusion and miscommunication.
6. Do not make your email address publicly visible to all in your profile – Though you are on a professional networking site, making your email address publicly visible makes you a target for mass email marketing.
7. Do not keep your account idle – People don't want to have business who is inactive on a professional networking sites. Be active by participating in Q&A, groups & discussions, adding connections, etc.,
8. Do not give access to send LinkedIn invitation to all your email contacts – This makes your contacts on email think you as a spammer. Send sellective emails to your contacts and let them know that you've sent LinkedIn invitation.
9. Do not connect your Twitter account to your LinkedIn – Some people might disagree with this but the purpose of Twitter and LinkedIn are different altogether.
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