I have written lots of blog posts about what to do when someone sends you a connection request on LinkedIn. I have also written blog posts on how to respond if you’re not sure who the connection request is from, and how to send a connection request on LinkedIn too.
However it seems that Wayne, a Computer Games Professional from Warrington may not have seen my blog posts on these topics. What makes me say that?
I recently received a connection request on Linkedin from Wayne. There was no personalised message included so instead of accepting his connection request, as I didn’t know who he was, I sent a message instead;
Good Morning Wayne,
I hope you enjoyed your bank holiday weekend and managed to squeeze in some time to relax?
Thank you for your recent connection request via LinkedIn. I have not yet clicked ‘accept’. This is because there was no personalised message so I am not sure what grabbed your attention or the reason you would like to connect with me?
I do hope to hear from you soon so we can network further and connect.
In the meantime, here is a link to a recent blog post that I wrote, warning of another spam email going around. I hope you find the blog post to be useful.
Once again, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Within 2 minutes I had a reply from Wayne. It was an emoji of a smiley face.
I responded with a question mark.
To which Wayne responded twice, within 1 minute, with the same Gif. The Gif was, what I can only describe as a smiling ‘poo head’ in striped pyjamas waving at me.
I will be honest and confirm that I had never had this as a response to questions before. So I responded with. “Erm…. is that a poo head waving at me? I am unsure what that means and how it answers my questions?”
Here we are, 3 hours later and no reply. I have decided that perhaps this isn’t a connection I require on LinkedIn. However, what is interesting is that we have 10 mutual connections. This could mean one of three things;
- These mutual connections got a better response than me?
- These mutual connections enjoy smiling and waving poo heads?
- These mutual connections don’t check who they are connecting with on LinkedIn
Would you connect with Wayne the Computer Games Professional from Warrington aka: Smiling, Waving Poo Head man? If so, what benefit do you think this would bring to you and your business on LinkedIn?