I’m open and generous with connections on LinkedIn, but every so often I end up connected to a spammer or “business opportunity” person. Yech. How do I unfriend them?
I certainly agree that the benefit of having a really large business network outweighs the occasional hassle with someone who sees a connection as an invitation to spam you or hit you up with so-called business opportunities that offer them a lot greater benefit than it offers you (if it’s legit at all). Still, that’s the price we pay in the social media age, and given that the alternative is having a tiny circle that does you very little online, I think it’s a reasonable trade-off.
But every so often…
In fact, just this morning a gal I’d connected with a week or two ago, “Janet”, revealed why she’d asked to connect with me: so she could shill a business opportunity by inviting me to watch a “get rich through our program” video and then hopefully sign up for the program, generating a nice referral fee for her.
Not so much.
Here’s how it went down, starting with her email:
Sorry, Janet, but since I don’t even know, you, I’m not going to go to a “paysme.com” sort of site and watch a video. I could be jumping to incorrect conclusions but it sure looks like some sort of scam, doesn’t it?
I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy, so I’m going to unfriend Janet on LinkedIn. Before I do so, however, I’ll mark this message as spam by using the “More” menu:
Now I’ll click on her name in the message so that I’m looking at her profile page. The top looks like this:
Nice photograph, but sorry, I don’t need more spam, Janet. So it’s time to say sayonara…
The easy way to do that is by clicking on the tiny black triangle adjacent to “Endorse”. A menu appears:
There’s the option. “Remove connection”.
Yup, it’s come to that.
Choose “Remove connection” and LinkedIn confirms that’s what you want to do:
I do. Sorry, Janet. A single click on “Remove” and the deed is done.
Hope that helps you out!