A curious thing happened to me today. I got a connection request on LinkedIn. Obviously it isn't the request itself that was interesting. It was the combination of the request and who it came from.
I haven't had a single positive experience with this individual. I have found them to be extremely rude and unprofessional.
So, why would they ask to connect to my network? Obviously they've just joined LinkedIn and have selected everyone that listed the same employer.
Tip: When you join a social networking site, don't do that.
However, it leaves me with a dilemma. This individual is pretty senior in the company.
Do I click "Accept" and hope to gain more value from their connections than I lose by having their stench rub off on me?
Do I click "Reject" and let them know that what I really think of them?
I think I'll go with the third option, and click "Archive", stashing them with all the other people I don't like. Someone else in the company that I am connected to will click "Accept", so I'll still have access to their connections, and their stink will be at least one level removed.
Ah, social networking.