Would you go to a cocktail party, go up to someone you don’t know and ask them to be your friend or ask them to become part of your business network WITHOUT INTRODUCING YOURSELF?
Of course not. Well, sending, a friend of a friend, a friend request on Facebook or a colleague’s, colleague an invite to join your business network on LinkedIn without introducing yourself is the same thing, maybe worse. Talk about bad first impressions…at the very least it can make you seem clueless and unprofessional, at worse rude or arrogant.
We all need to keep in mind it’s always about developing relationships whether online or offline. That’s why it’s called SOCIAL!