We've all been there: a request for a LinkedIn connection from someone we've never even met. Gartner analyst Jenny Sussin reminds us why this is a stupid idea that devalues the usefulness of LinkedIn for everyone.
In a blog post, Sussin neatly highlights the problem with randomly reaching out to others:
On LinkedIn you're asked to "introduce" connections to one another, "recommend" connections, and "endorse" connections. How can I possibly introduce one person to another if I haven't met either of them myself? How can I recommend someone for a position when I have no idea who they are? How can I endorse a person when the only thing I know about them is they have the search skills to find me on LinkedIn?
No social network is perfect, and unexpected connection requests are one of the hassles of using LinkedIn. Make it better for everyone and don't connect with people you haven't met.