I’ll be honest here, I don’t really curate my LinkedIn all that much, and I tend to accept any request to link. I do perform a little bit of filtering, but barriers to entry a low. Very low.
One thing I did notice that that, after my title change, I got a lot more requests from people I didn’t know (mainly recruitment consultants, so no surprises there). This got me to thinking:
What if I setup a fake profile with fake title (suitably impressive, like CEO), and just punted it out to LinkedIn. How long until the requests started pouring in?
OK, possibly too easy. Lets go one step further. Lets create a fake company with 26 profiles on LinkedIn. Each profile will be for nice, high ranking titles like CIO for APAC region, or CFO for EMEA. Each profile will also have a first name starting with a different letter of the alphabet. Now, here comes the fun. That fake profile will only accept requests from people who’s names also contain the starting letter of the profiles name (or, if this proves to be wildly successful, only accept requests from people who’s names start with the same letter as the fake profile). After 1 year, look at the network the fake company has built.
Sadly I’m far too lazy to do this (I suspect a fake company website may also be in order), but hey, this is the internet; there are people out there with WAY too much time on their hands. Take this idea, go, run with it. Report back in a year 😀