Some things are just so silly you have to wonder. I was contacted by a woman asking to connect with me on LinkedIn because she saw me listed in an article of “The Top 100 Most Connected People on LinkedIn.” I’m number 47! What do you know; I final made it to the top half of the class! Hooray for me!! But, sadly, it means nothing.
I did a Google search and found the article. This is another example of, no doubt, a well meaning person who just does not get it. (I will say this, his statistical analysis is interesting.) My assumption is that he did an advanced search of everyone in his network in every industry and every location and figured the first 100 in his network were the top 100 on LinkedIn. (Notice that he does not actually mention his methodology…) But, when you do a search on LinkedIn, you can only search your own network. So what’s true for you may not be true for someone else. And here’s the funny part. He writes:
“You might be surprised to know that it takes at least 36,000 1st degree connections to crack the top 10.
If you try to send invitations to connect with these folks, don’t be upset if they aren’t accepted – some of them simply can’t be.
Once you hit the 30,000 1st degree connection mark, LinkedIn won’t allow you to accept invitations to connect – so any connections added past that point must be invitations sent out to others to accept.”
Sorry. Not so! You can only have 30,000 first-degree connections on LinkedIn and no more. Once you hit 30,000, people to whom you may have sent invitations in the past won’t be able to accept them.
I do not have 36,000 first-degree connections, only 30,000. Every few days I remove some connections, based on geography, and accept new connections, based on geography. I would be delighted to have 36,000 first-degree connections but, alas, it is not meant to be. You can have more than 30,000 followers, but not first-degree connections.
For example, Steven Burda is on the top of the list. (I am certain his mother is very proud.) I happen to be jealous. We are first-degree connections. He has 81,453 followers; I only have 30,600. That said, I guarantee he has no more than 30,000 first-degree connections. And then there is poor Mike Cullison. He’s on the bottom of the list. He clearly states on his profile that he has 30,000 first-degree connections but, alas, he only has 29,800 followers. (I am certain his mother still loves him.)
And, for the record, this is not the first time I have heard that you can pass the 30,000 threshold if people accept your invitations. It does not work. I’ve tried. I have invited scores of people to join my network and not a single one could accept one of my invitations unless I was below 30,000 at the moment they clicked “accept.”
Beware of so-called LinkedIn “experts.” They may mean well, but they don’t know what they are talking about!
If you are in the Bronx, New York, on Monday, November 16, at 3:00 PM, I’ll be speaking at the Wakefield Library, 4100 Lowerre Place, on “Using LinkedIn to Promoted Your Business.” Come. Learn. Ask. Have a nap!