I am an open networker on LinkedIn. There are many benefits. It expands my network. I believe in connecting with everyone because you never know when you can offer help. And if there is trouble, or if I ever truly find myself annoyed with someone, I can disconnect from them fairly easily.
But you should know that there is no way to block someone from looking at your basic profile. If you receive an InMail, you can mark it as spam — but the onus is on you to manage your connections and your inbox.
This is no big deal for me, but it is an awful burden for a user who is concerned about his/her safety.
I have never been concerned for my safety, but I thought I would give you a recent example of a weird exchange on LinkedIn that would go away — pretty easily — with a block button.
It starts harmlessly enough with a guy who wants to connect with you. Except he is probably not real.
Then it progresses to an eager and complimentary note.
Then it’s persistence.
Then it’s more love.
Wait! There’s more!
Working in HR has taught me that people will use any platform — social networking sites, cafeterias, an encounter at Walgreens — to find connection, meaning, and an opportunity to get laid.
But it’s gross.
I have followed the LinkedIn recommendations. He is reported. And this guy will eventually leave me alone. But I join with thousands of other people who would really like and appreciate a block button on LinkedIn.
It would just make life a little easier, yo.