So I got the letter below attached to a LinkedIn invite. This is the kind of thing that gives LinkedIn a bad name.
1) I have no idea who this person is. They identified themselves as having worked for General Motors before and invited me as "a former colleague."
2) I don't even know what a Names Sourcer is. I have a name. I certainly don't need another one, although Pastore and I have briefly considered switching last names, because he looks more Irish than I do and I look Italian.
3) You don't need to be on LinkedIn to do business with me. If you know my e-mail address, then send me what you're offering and I'll look at it. I certainly don't need/want to be connected to you forever.
So, here's the letter. As Steve Rubel says, never e-mail a blogger unless you'd like that e-mail stamped on your forehead for the rest of your life.
"Hi. My name is Maureen Sharib and I’m a Names Sourcer for TechTrak.com.
I'd like to link with you on this wonderful networking system of
LinkedIn and maybe do some business with you sometime in the future! I
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Invite me to your LinkedIn and ERE networks!"