I wrote a post several months ago on “How Do I Know if My Intended Recepient Recived My LinkedIn Invitation?” that I updated today that also touched upon this subject, but an hour after I wrote that, I realized that recently a lot of my LinkedIn invitations have bounced. What is the statistical trend here? What could be the cause of this?
I have a new theory. On that post in August I mentioned that about 1 in 100 of my invitations bounced. I looked at the invites that I had sent out over the last month, and that number has quadrupled to 4 out of 100 invites. That means that if you sent out 500 invites, 20 of them would be wasted. This is a significant number and warrants further research.
Of course there is no single answer and I ask the community to give me your advice. But the fact that this has happened in the last month, while at the same time more than 1 in 100 persons has lost their job, leads me to believe that a lot of people are using their company E-Mail address for their LinkedIn profile.
Whether or not this is the case, it bears repeating that if you use your company E-Mail address, those LinkedIn E-Mails become their property, not yours, and you may lose access to them should your position be eliminated. I can understand that your first invite may have come to your company E-Mail address and you just kept using it without changing (like me), but it goes without saying that you should always use a personal E-Mail address, and if you don’t have one, just get a free Google Mail account and register it with LinkedIn. Problem solved.
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