Almost every day I get an email telling me someone wants to connect on LinkedIn, has added me to circles on Google + or wants to be a friend on Facebook. Sometimes they want to connect on sites where I don't even have an account... which I think is strange.
Unless I already know the person from Active Rain, I've learned that it's best to go check before connecting, adding back, or friending.
- Some of them are people who have yet to post anything that would say who or what they are.
- Some of them have photos that best belong on a soft porn site.
- Some communicate in a language I couldn't read if my life depended on it.
- Some post political opinions or subject matter I would not want to be associated with.
For instance, last week I got notice that a lady real estate agent had added me to her Google circles. I almost clicked "add back," then thought "No, check first."
I'm glad I did!
Everything on her page was about "Sexy ladies." While I will admit that the ladies were shapely and attractive, I'm not into looking at bodies, and I really don't need people in their underware hanging out on my real estate copywriting pages.
I'd really be curious to know more about the people in her real estate niche. But no, not curious enough to ask.
Do you always check first?