Always Learning

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by Sage

I’ve been on Linkedin since March 2005 and today I learned something new about one of the oldest networking sites on the web. In the 5 years that I’ve been using Linkedin I’ve never actually “disconnected” (the Twitter equivalent of “unfollow”) from someone, until today.

I have to admit I was stumped when it came time to figure out exactly how to do that. Not surprising really as removing, deleting, quitting or canceling accounts etc on most of the social media networks is far less intuitive than joining, liking, friending, following or connecting. They go out of their way to help you join, connect and spread the message, the opposite – not so much.

I checked various pages, the person’s Linkedin profile, my connections list, I highlighted the account – couldn’t find it. Turns out there is a text link to the top right of the Connections page titled “Remove Connections”. Now that I’ve done it and I look back at the page it doesn’t seem as hard to find but then that’s always the case once you done something once.

So aside from the practicalities you may be wondering why I decided to disconnect from this particular person. Without being too scientific about it I figure there are a few levels or types of connections:

  • Strong (deep connections)
    • Co-workers (a no brainer)
    • Colleagues, partners, suppliers (also a no brainer)
  • Medium
    • People we’ve met at a business function and stay in touch with but may not see in person that often
  • Light
    • People we’ve met once at an event and don’t communicate with often (if at all)
    • People that we’ve communicated with but may not have met in person
    • People that have invited us to connect and we reluctantly approved

The connection I removed fell into the very last category. This person also used Linkedin a bit too frequently to post unrelated information from various social networks. I could have used the “hide” button on the Network Activity page to simply not have to see their posts any longer, and I considered that. But to be honest I had never removed a connection and was curious about how to do that.

So there you have it. Not quite as easy as the “unfollow”, “unlike” or “unsubscribe” but just as effective.  What have you learned today?

PS – I also exported my 580 connections to my Mac Address Book – very easy and useful.