LinkedIn Etiquette: Thou Shalt Not Spam..Or Be Spammed!

LinkedIn is a wonderful platform but not everyone follows appropriate business etiquette. Manners count, especially in networking. Sending totally inappropriate ‘offers’ to LinkedIn members is considered spamming.

Don’t do it. Period.

That being said, it happens. So – here is the situation… and the solution…

The Situation:

If you allow it, your LinkedIn 1st level connections will see your email address when you communicate with them via the LinkedIn messaging system, or by via the contact information in your profile, or even by exporting all of their contacts email addresses. Unfortunately, you will get emails that aren’t important to you (and some that are simply blatant spam), so it’s wise to make your primary LinkedIn address an address that is not your main business email.

The Solution:

I recommend using a Gmail, or similar type of email and create a separate email box, and filter so that all incoming emails go directly to that box. This way, you can quickly scan to separate the spam from the ‘real’ emails that you need to respond to. This makes life much easier and honestly, it’s shocking the amount of spam that is generated by unscrupulous people harvesting emails from LinkedIn – but this at least seems to stop that nonsense from cluttering up your main email.

To make a change to your primary email address on LinkedIn, follow these steps:

• Go to your LinkedIn home page

• In the upper right of your LinkedIn home page, click on your profile picture

• On the drop-down, click “Privacy & Settings”

• Next click “Account “

• Now add your new email address

• Important note: LinkedIn will send you a confirmation email to make the change – be sure that you confirm it!

• Once you have confirmed the change, you will need to make that email address your Primary email address. This will now be the only one your connections can see! Ta-da!


These folks have nice manners:

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