Some of us may already be familiar with the term Linkedin LION (Linkedin Open Networker). Here is a full description from Linkedin:
Being a LION means you are willing to accept any invitation you receive and increase your number of connections. It also helps you connect with other professionals that are related to your field. When becoming a LION, you allow others to send you invitations and assure them that you will not click on "I don't know" or "spam" button, which can harm the invitor.
The easiest way to spot a LION is to look for the word "LION" at the end of someone's name. However, most LIONs put their emails in an open networking list shared on websites like LinkedTop.com, InvitesWelcome.com, etc. Nobody in my humble list of contacts is a LION. In fact, I have not seen many on daily feeds.
However, when I started researching, I found out there are over 100,000 people who put their names in open networking list (Linkedin has this 'import file' function that allows us to massively send out invitations to everyone in the list). Technically, this means I will be able to increase my number of connections to 100,000 easily. Sounds awesome, right? Here is my thought on LION:
Pros: if I add anybody on the internet, I have a higher chance of connecting with contacts which I may find useful later on in life. Also, the amount of exposure I will gain for my posts will be huge. The probability of a potential employer finding me will be much greater.
Cons: being a LION means I will likely be obliged to add virtually everybody. This means a hairdresser in Ghana with 9 connections will have me as the 10th. My network will be saturated up to a point when it's hard for me to find the people whom I have encountered professionally. As I am less (or not at all) selective, the quality of my network will likely be low. The fact that I don't know 100,000 people in my list of 100,300 contacts may even hammer my personal brand and value.
Linkedin users can choose whether to become a Linkedin LION or not. If you wish to become one, follow the instruction in this link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140826072327-2429...
What are your thoughts on this guys?