When should you unfriend someone on LinkedIn?
Almost never. I have only had cause to remove two people since I joined LinkedIn several years ago.
Who to Unfriend on LinkedIn & Why
The first was a US national who kept sending me messages about finding him jobs in the Middle East. Over and over. I don’t recruit for any clients in the Middle East, and I don’t recruit in his field or industry. I told him this. The messages continued.
I wrote a snarky blog post about someone who behaved just like him. However, I started feeling bad about having written a snarky post and took it down. I disconnected from him. He stopped sending me messages.
The second was a person who was scraping my content and reposting it online. I asked him to stop scraping. He didn’t. I reported him to Google and disconnected from him. I don’t like scrapers.
How to Unfriend Someone on LinkedIn
- Go to the person’s profile.
- Click the three dots to the right of their photo.
- Click, “Remove Connection.”
A New Category as of 2017
I wrote the first version of this post in 2014. Now it’s 2017. I go beyond disconnecting and block people who market to me via LinkedIn messages and InMail. Here’s how:
- Click the three dots in the top right corner of their message.
- Click, “It’s spam or a scam.”
- Click, “It’s promotional or spam.”
- Click, “Block.”
If LinkedIn gets enough of these reports about someone, they’ll shut the account down.
You can also use the “How to Unfriend” procedure above and click, “Report/Block.”
One More Option — How To Hide Someone on LinkedIn
I also hide people from my feed if I don’t find their posts useful.
They don’t know I’ve hidden them. I keep my stream interesting to me.
We both benefit from being able to contact each other through LinkedIn and from sharing our networks.
If you want to remain in mutual contact, it’s often a better option than disconnecting.
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Updated June 2017
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