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Other Essential Terms

  • “I don’t know this user” (aka “IDK”): When an Invitation is sent, the recipient has the following choices: “Accept”, “I don’t know this user” or “Archive” Most people don’t realize “IDK” is trouble for the invitation sender: As a penalty for not knowing you, they may not be allowed to sent Invitations. This is why senders ask you to “Archive” not “IDK” the invitation if you do not wish to connect.

  • “Open-Networker” (aka “LION”): Being a LION means you accept all Invitations, including those between people who have absolutely no relationship. It is not authorized by LinkedIn and has more drawbacks than benefits for most people. That said, the definition of “relationship” is very subjective: Does exchanging a few emails within a Group and discovering common interests constitute a relationship? Most people think it does.

  • Profile Headline: The most important component of a Profile. Your Headline is visible in every message you send and when your Profile is found in a Search. It is worth spending time deciding what you should write in your Headline!

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