LinkedIn: Should You Feed The LIONs?
In 1939 an unknown South African Zulu musician recorded a song about a lion. His name was Solomon Linda. He performed the song with accompaniment from his group which called themselves ‘The Evening Birds.’ In 1961 the song was rerecorded by ‘The Tokens’ and soared to number 1 on the charts. The title of the song is ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’
The song became slightly popular again in the 1990’s as it was featured in Disney’s The Lion King. The lyrics tell us that ‘In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight’. Well in the mighty Internet jungle there are lions too, in fact they reside on LinkedIn of all places and are anything but sleepy.
In the World of LinkedIn a ‘LION’ is an acronym. It simply means LinkedIn Open Networker. An open networker is someone who expands their LinkedIn network beyond individuals they know, work with or are casually acquainted with. An open networker actively patrols LinkedIn looking for individuals to enhance and expand their network with.
Should you be scared of a LinkedIn LION? Is it safe to put your hand in the cage and feed them by accepting their invites? Let’s consider 4 things you should know about LIONs.
(1) Individual LIONs: Just as you know the look of a lion when you visit a zoo or go on a safari a LinkedIn LION has a distinct look. Their look is visible via key profile words or phrases including; LION, Accepts All Invites and Open Networker.
(2) Groups of LIONs: There are many LinkedIn groups dedicated to LIONs. The groups are intended to help fellow LIONs quickly expand their networks. A female LION is known as a LIONESS and there’s even a group of over 4,000 members known as the LIONESSES. If you join a ‘group’ of LIONs the expectation is that you’ll accept all invitations from fellow group members.
(3) Feeding LIONs: Just as a zoo has signs not to feed the animals, LinkedIn currently regulates the diet of a LION by capping their total number of connections at 30,000. While it sounds like a huge number, LinkedIn indicated last week that they have over 150 million users now, making 30,000 a relatively small sum.
(4) Attacking LIONs: A reputable LION will not spam your email account. If on a very rare occasion a LION behaves like they’re electronically rabid and spams your email, simply mark their email as spam, disconnect from them on LinkedIn and make it known within the LION community and the user will quickly be isolated and unwanted on LinkedIn.