Friday, August 19, 2005

199. Should you hide your connections?

I noticed that some of my connections have hidden their connections. In other words, you can't see the identity of their connections.


It seems strange, since the very purpose of LinkedIn is to enable people to link in to people they might not have known before.

Of course, there are several good reasons for hiding your connections: you might have extremely political connections, or even diplomatic connections, with whom you can build highly lucrative brokering businesses overseas.

I guess some people have calculated that hiding their connections will yield greater benefits to themselves than revealing their connections.

Perhaps a good compromise is to hide your connections, while continually reviewing your social network and informing the right people of opportunities to connect to one another. At the same time, this seems to be very time-consuming!

Why not let your connections browse through your connections, and find opportunities themselves?

In my opinion, people should show their connections. LinkedIn is all about transparency, helping other people, opening up new horizons and creating new opportunities.