LinkedIn training tip – How to remove a LinkedIn connection, or how women dump me
This blog entry will give you the steps necessary to remove a LinkedIn connection, which is not as easy as you might think. It could have been titled “How to dump Patrick O’Malley”.
I get this all the time. Patrick, I don’t want to date you anymore, I don’t want to be your LinkedIn connection, and I want to defriend you on Facebook. Oh, and stop following me on Twitter. Can you please tell me how to do that?
Therefore, I figured I’d write it down to make the break-ups less painful. If you want to “disconnect” from a current connection on LinkedIn, here’s what you do:
- Go to your LinkedIn home page
- On the left hand side, expand the + button to the right of the word Contacts if it is not already expanded
- Click Connections
- In the upper right hand corner (in a place you’re unlikely to look), click Remove Connections
- Click the box next to the user’s names
- On the right, click “Remove Connections”
Oddly enough, there’s no way to do it while you are looking at the person’s profile, which is one of the places you’d expect it to be.
Note that LinkedIn does not tell the other person that you have disconnected from them, so they may never know you’ve dumped them unless they specifically look. That’s pretty cool.
However, most women go out of their way to tell me they’re doing it. That’s pretty cold.
Another note – thanks to the folks from http://www.executivesnetwork.com in today’s “LinkedIn webinar for executives” for asking the question, and for helping to figure it out on the fly.