How do you unfriend someone on LinkedIn?
But first — when should you unfriend someone on LinkedIn?
Answer: Almost never. I have only had cause to remove a few people since I joined LinkedIn several years ago.
LinkedIn is a form of social media, so it’s usually good to stay social.
And think about it, you’ve worked hard to build your network. Don’t shrink it by anyone and their first and second-level connections unless their behavior harms you or drives you nuts.
Who to Unfriend & Why
By way of example, one person I removed 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.
Another was a person who was scraping my content and reposting it online. I asked him to stop scraping. He didn’t. I removed my LinkedIn connection to him.
So, it’s a judgment call. Just know that you give up the person’s first and second-level networks when you delete a LinkedIn connection.
How to Unfriend on LinkedIn
- Go to the person’s profile.
- Click the three dots to the right of their photo.
- Then, click “Remove Connection.”
Blocking on Linked — A New Category as of 2017!
I wrote the first version of this post in 2014. Now it’s 2019. I go beyond disconnecting and block people who market to me via LinkedIn messages and InMail.
- Click the three dots in the top right corner of their message.
- Next, click, “It’s spam or a scam.”
- Then click, “It’s promotional or spam.”
- Finally, 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 on LinkedIn” 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.
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer.
The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.
Updated November 2019
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