swordWell, this is a two-edged sword: a control to place on your incoming unsolicited connection requests, causing the requester to know your email address in order to invite you.

“Nice!” was my initial impression, but after another few moments’ thought, I wonder: is it?

My email address is all over the place. Yours is too. Is this an adequate control to place on connection requests? can’t they find it online easily? It’s not very limiting or fool-proof IMHO. Perhaps it will weed out some of the unsolicited requests I get every day…And do I really want to make it difficult to connect to me?

Sometimes there’s a person I missed along the way who approaches me and I should have connected to them a long time ago. So why allow an artificial control take command? I can think for myself and evaluate the opportunity.

That said, I still detest receiving blind connection requests for the reasons I articulated a long time ago in this blog.

This twist in my thinking came when I invited someone to connect to me and here’s what I received:


If you still want to do this for yourself, to activate your invitations settings privacy feature, direct from the LinkedIn Help Center, here’s how:


Buyer beware. Not for me but you may like it.

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn coach and evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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