If you use LinkedIn, you've undoubtedly received invitations to connect with people you've never met or may never meet in your life.
The more you stay on the site and the more you gain prominence in your field, the more requests from strangers you'll get.
And while it could seem natural to decline a Facebook friend request from a stranger because you don't want to give them access to your personal information and photos, the dynamic on LinkedIn is much different.
You may think that because it's a social network for professionals, you should accept all invitations and see which of them stick.
It's the approach that Keith Ferrazzi, the author of Never Eat Alone and a management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, took for years. Not long ago, Ferrazzi wrote in the 2014 updated edition of his best-selling career guide that he had the privilege of meeting LinkedIn's founder, Reid Hoffman, and discussing the site with him.
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