Why on earth would you want to manage LinkedIn Invites? Great question. Mind you, we weren’t able to, so I never gave it much thought. Two things changed. Firstly I decided to only deal with my LinkedIn Invites once a week, so I can properly engage with the people who took the time to invite me. Secondly, LinkedIn added options to filter your invites.

 

WHY WOULD YOU FILTER INVITES?

 

Since I only deal with my invitations once a week, there are more than 1 or 2 to deal with. At times, this can feel a bit overwhelming. Nothing too bad, until I wrote that ONE post on LinkedIn that went wild. 80K views (it is a bit embarrassing, as the post didn’t even contain any great tip, just a bit of fun). Now those views lead to quite a few invites. Obviously, this had to happen when I was barely online for two weeks due to some obnoxious lurgi that refused to leave my house. Faced with a large list of invites, I wish I could filter them. Low and behold, today I noticed I can!

 

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5 CLEVER THOUGHTS ON MANAGING LINKEDIN INVITES

 

  1. You can now filter your invites to display only invites from people in your company. Not very useful for a sole entrepreneur, but quite handy when working for a large corporation. This way, when you don’t have time to properly deal with all invites, at least accept those from your colleagues, so they don’t feel snubbed.
  2. You can filter by people who attended the same school (college, university) as you. This could potentially lead to a fun blast from the past, so by all means apply this filter when you are bored.
  3. You can filter by people who have mutual connections. This allows you to give priority to second-degree connections over third. But then again, isn’t it much more fascinating to find out why those 3rd-degree connections want to get a closer relationship with you?
  4. I would LOVE to be able to manage LinkedIn Invitations by filtering out the invites with a personal message. I love responding to those first, as these people put in some effort to start building a relationship, which is what networking is all about.
  5. Another one high on my wishlist… sorting by country. For some people local contacts are most valuable, others try to establish their network in specific reasons. When pressed for time, wouldn’t it be great to be able to prioritise that way?

 

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