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This will help you decide whether to keep or delete them.

Answer honestly: Do you know every single one of your LinkedIn contacts?

Let me guess: The answer is no.

Maybe you ended up in this situation because it was a strategic move, you wanted to be more closely connected to recruiters or people at your dream company. Or maybe you think the whole point is to build out your network with new people. Maybe someone had a ton of mutual contacts, wrote you a personalized note, or just had a really cool job title.

 

The list goes on, but the point is: You're probably connected to quite a few strangers on LinkedIn. And more often than not, you probably wonder:

Does it make more sense to stay connected or delete them?

While I can't tell you to keep them all, or delete them all, I can show you a few pros and cons to your decision.

Pro: It's Pretty Simple to Remove Someone

The steps laid out on LinkedIn Help are pretty straightforward, so you can make the change without a ton of effort:

  • Go to the other person's profile page.
  • Click the "..." to the right of their photo.
  • Select "Remove connection."
  • See "Remove Connection" now read as "No Longer Connected."

 

Con: You Can't Undo It

Before you go on a deleting spree, keep in mind that while removing someone only takes a few clicks, there's no "undo" button. In order to be connected again, you'll have to send a new request.

So, this is a good time to distinguish between strangers (that person on the other side of the country, in a different industry, who's never commented on a single status update) and someone you've never met, but who's in your industry, comments on your posts, and is connected to your colleagues.

Also, keep in mind that you can message connections for free, but you can't send InMail to strangers unless you pay for a Premium account.

Pro: They Won't Be Notified

LinkedIn's not going to send the other person a message that they've been deleted, so it's possible they won't realize it. Again, this is especially true if you really don't interact at all (i.e., you don't share groups, and they've never sent you one of those pre-written birthday notes).

 

Con: They Might Eventually Notice Changes

At the same time, LinkedIn will remove all connectivity between your profiles, so any endorsements you've given each other will be deleted. (Recommendations you've given each other will be deleted too, but that shouldn't be relevant.)

Plus, if they go to view your profile, you'll no longer show up as a first-degree connection, and what they see may vary if your public profile is different.

Pro: You Can Streamline Your Feed

You've seen the "LinkedIn is not Facebook" memes and probably have some contacts (even ones you know!) who share things that you could do without. If there are strangers who are just cluttering your feed, then yes, deleting them means you won't see anything they post anymore.

 

Con: That's Not Always a Good Thing

At the same time, having different voices on your feed means you'll see other viewpoints and articles you might not have seen otherwise. So, if you don't know someone, but they're always sharing interesting content, you may want to think twice before deleting them. (Note to self: High-quality shares can encourage people to keep you on their list!)

Truth talk: You don't want a useless network full of strangers. And so, if there's someone you can't imagine yourself messaging, or, if you'd deny their request if they sent it today, then it's OK to hit "Remove connection."

That said, if there's a chance you'll ever want to reach out to them--or could bump into them--it's probably better to stay connected. If your goal is just to spend your time on LinkedIn more effectively and only see posts from people you know, consider using the "unfollow" button, instead. (It's a drop-down option on the upper-right section of statuses).

This'll hide the selected person's posts, so you'll only see updates the people you want to stay in touch with.

This post originally appeared on the The Muse.

Categorized in Social

Because of the way the internet has changed the way we communicate and interact with one another on so many levels; it’s become necessary to explore the pros and cons of social media and its effects on our society.

The Pros

1-Increased criminal prosecution because of social media

The NYC police department began using Twitter back in 2011 to track criminals foolish enough to brag about their crimes online. When the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup in 2011, their Vancouver fans took to the streets and rioted, but local authorities used social media to track and tag the people involved, and they caught people who were stealing during the riot.

2-Social networking creates new social connections

Statistics show that 70% of adults have used social media sites to connect with relatives in other states, and 57% of teens have reported making new friendships on social media sites.

3-Students are doing better in school

This is an interesting statistic about the pros and cons of social media and its effect on students doing well in school. Students with internet access at a rate of 50% have reported using social networking sites to discuss school work, and another 59% talk about instructive topics.

 

4-Better quality of life

If you want to talk about the pros and cons of social media, take a close look at all the support groups on Facebook. Members of these groups discuss their health conditions, share important information, and resources relevant to their conditions while creating strong support networks.

5-Social media as a source of employment

Job sourcing has gone modern thanks to social media. Sites such as LinkedIn are a major resource that 89% of job recruiters take advantage of when looking to hire potential employees.

Now let’s take a look at the Cons of social media

1-Social media and the news

Much of the news information that people read about comes from social media websites, and that figure estimate is around 27.8 %. This figure ranks just under print newspapers at 28.8%, greater than radio’s figure of 18.8% and far outpaces the figure for other print publications at just 6%.

2-Too much misinformation

With the advent of the web, people started to create their own websites and blogs. While many of those blogs were just basic diaries, a few of them were about topics like health and politics while others were how to blogs.

Many blogs have turned into rumor mills, spreading misinformation that people tend to believe just because it’s on the web.

Rumors about hurricane Sandy and gunfights in other countries like Mexico have been picked up by reliable news services, and this misinformation has been shared without the proper vetting of the sources providing the information.

3-Pupils spending too much time on social media sites have lower academic grades

Here is another argument about the pros and cons of social media as it pertains to students. Statistics show that pupils using social media too often tend to have GPA’s of 3.06 compared to GPA’s of 3.82 for pupils who don’t use social media.

An even scarier fact is that students who use social media tend to score 20 % lower on their test scores then their counterparts.

 

4-Social media sites to blame for lost productivity

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are a direct cause for lost productivity at the workplace. In a survey 36 % of people said that social networking was the biggest waste of time in comparison to activities like fantasy football, shopping, and watching television.

5-Social media is the cause for less face to face communication

One last discussion about the pros and cons of social media is a lack of one on one communication. In a 2012 study families who reported spending less time with one another rose from a level of 8% in 2000 to 32% in 2011.

The study also reported that 32 % of the people in the survey either were texting or were on social media sites instead of communicating with each other during family gatherings.

Source : http://www.toptensocialmedia.com/social-media-social-buzz/10-pros-and-cons-of-social-media/

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