Caution!<br />Connecting with someone implies you know them. <br /><ul><li> They will have access to people you know (so think before you link to competitors – will you find out more information than you are giving away?)
Linked in lets you invite colleagues, classmates, friends and business partners without entering their email addresses.
BUT if recipient indicates they don’t know you, you may end up only being able to invite anyone via their email address (a lot harder). This happens if a number of people indicate they don’t know you. Not currently possible to find out how many people have said they don’t know you.</li></li></ul><li>Or use a paid for account<br />
However…<br />But what is the point?<br /><ul><li>LION’s (Linked In Open Networker) will generally accept any invites.
Are they a valid introduction to a possible connection? </li></li></ul><li>Receiving an invitation<br />Accept if you know the person (or don’t mind being connected – I don’t know David here but we have lots of business interests in common and he lives in Kent.)<br />
Reply<br />You could reply (drop down from Accept option). <br />… or report as Spam if the invite is written that way.<br />
Ignore<br />Invite is moved to archive without accepting. You can view it later if you get to know the person.<br />The other person won’t know you have ignored so may try to connect with you again, but you won’t get the reminder to say you haven’t responded yet.<br />If you then click on “I don’t know (name)” that person is prevented from sending you further invites.<br />It also flags to Linked in that they may need to restrict, suspend or close a users account <br />