said 11 months, 2 weeks ago:
hey I am a big supporter of the ideals of genuine connections and building real relationships. @rich-brooks you know that about me. But in this time in SM, especially with G+ and LinkedIn, search results are directly impacted by who you are connected to. Splatter connecting is almost being forced upon us. Right? If you are not in every ones circle, then you will not have as “fair” a chance as the ones who are in search results. At least not in the default personal search results.
And as for LinkedIN, the whole point of the Network is to return search results based on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level connections. So everyone knows that if you want to have any chance to rank on LinkedIn search you need to be connected to everyone!
Twitter not so much, but of course who doesn’t want a ton of followers? i mean, how does it really hurt you. I know there are some elitist strategies that are particular about controlling followers, well then, just protect your tweets. Outside of protected tweets, what is the down side of having 10,000 followers or more?
So this being said, is it wrong to encourage people to connect with you everywhere?
Again, I love genuine connections and nurturing friendships, but sadly, it seems that is becoming a romantic dream anymore.