This article is for all those people who don’t want to use LinkedIn.

Now my core readers are probably wondering “What the heck is Steve thinking?” But if you trust me and read on, I bet you’ll still get something out of this thread…

Hot topic

First – I have never gotten so much attention out of an article concept, but I’ll just have to make lemonade out of this situation.

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The comment

Valerie writes: I am getting SO frustrated at all the LinkedIn requests sent to my work email. I’m not a LI member and DON’T WANT TO BE, and there’s no way to tell LinkedIn that I don’t know and don’t want to know the people who are sending me these requests. It’s bordering on harassment, as when I delete the emails, I just get five more later reminding me that I haven’t replied. HELP!

And while I might want to make the case that as a working professional, she could or should be on LinkedIn, I know that it just isn’t attractive for some people.

And there should be nothing wrong with opting out. (And in my own way, I make the same decision about Facebook – I just don’t have much desire to participate…)

If she joined

Only because it could be one solution, I have to mention this part.

If she joined, she could register both her personal and work emails, and keep the personal as primary. Then all the LinkedIn notices and announcements and invitations would go to the personal account – even when people identify her by the work email address.

Next – if people that she doesn’t know invited her to connect, she could use the “I don’t know you” button and exact some revenge on them for bothering her.

But without a LinkedIn account, she can’t do either of these things.

Email is sortable

I don’t care which email tool you use – you can probably sort your email. The email client is just following “rules”, and all you have to do is create a new rule.

Program the client so that whenever email is received from an address that contains the characters “”, just delete it. (Or send it to a special “LinkedIn email” folder…)

Saving your sanity

And that’s all you have to do, no more annoying notes.

(And for those that want to get and  manage LinkedIn email, just create a new folder and drop all of those messages into it – wasn’t that easy?)

Now I can’t tell you how to do that with your specific email client, but I bet your IT support group could help you with that. Submit a trouble ticket that says: ‘I want to create a filter for email from anyone with the string “” in the “From” field that just dumps it in the trash. Please help me do this.‘ (Feel free to copy and paste this text right into your organizational help desk ticket submission window;-)

And I bet they will.

A better way?

Is there anything else about email from LinkedIn that we ought to cover? Apparently it’s all the rage;-)

To your continued success,


Steven Tylock