Have I missed something on LinkedIn?

I seem to be getting invites to connect on LinkedIn lately from people I don’t know.  The invites say “Since you are a person I trust….”.

Now just wait a minute – you may trust me but this isn’t about you! You want to connect with me so how do I know I can trust you? 

I’m not somebody that subscribes to the LinkedIn Open Networking (LION) philosophy so when I connect to people I generally want to have had some sort of relationship with them first, whether that is a relationship in the real world or a business relationship. 

One of these invites even came from a senior person within the PR Industry.  I would have expected something more from him – maybe a personalised message stating why he would like to connect with me and why he thinks I would benefit from connecting with him.

What do you think?  Do you subscribe to the open networking philosophy? Am I wrong to get up tight about this impersonal invitation to connect?

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Time I started Blogging again

I have been out of the PR business for a while. I changed jobs in May 2011. I went from working in a marketing communications agency to working for a large engineering company as a regional Marketing Manager. It has been a hectic 10 months trying to get to grips with what my job is (it’s changing all the time as I re-define and refine it), sorting out my department – which spans two locations in two different countries, and putting together the processes as we move to providing a fully integrated marketing service to our Product Managers and business development Managers. This has all meant I have not been as closely involved with the communications side (although lots of internal communications) as I would have wished. This will start to change and I plan to blog about some of the challenges I face as we progress.

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Change of host

I have had to change my host and was not able to access the site to make a back up.  Please bear with me until I have everything up and running properly.

You can contact me on j.weet@btinternet.com

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