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Inactive Users


The horror!

Inactive Users are a general scourge on LinkedIn, which doesn't do anything about them. There is no way to rate or rank connections and other members. There are no statistics about who is forwarding your Introduction and who isn't.


Some 10-20% of users are inactive. LinkedIn limits Introduction, Invitations, InMails, and your contact with your own network. So inactive users are a serious problem as they waste your precious LinkedIn bodily fluids.


There are various reasons why LinkedIn users may be become inactive and what can be done about it.


Changed Contact info


People regularly change jobs and ISPs that result in new addresses.


What can be done about this?


If it's you:

  • Use a permanent forwarding address instead of a direct work or ISP address.


If it's others:

  • Remind people to maintain a current primary address ... before they make a change. I do this is my PersonalNetworkingContract and when I send LinkedIn Updates
  • Create a LinkedIn group. Group owners get to see all registered member addresses, not just the primary one.
  • See our list of InternetSleuthing techniques to otherwise contact them.


Not understanding networking


People who are new to networking are familiar with and assume it's like sales. They post a profile and expect people will start knocking on their door. Or they go crazy, aggressively contact hordes of people, and then expect the process will take off. It doesn't happen that way. Networking is very different from sales. Read more at LinkedInWorks. When unrealistic expections are not met, people stop using the networking.


What can be done about this? See NetworkingCampaign.


Unwanted contact


If you're participating in a social network, you open yourself to certain kinds of contact. Some people may consider much of that contact spam. They may quit LinkedIn, especially if they are not an active user and most of the contact is unwanted. Read NetworkingSpam to learn more about networking users, the environment, and networking email.


What can be done about this?


NetworkingSpam includes tips on both sending and receiving unwanted mail.

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