I’m seeing more and more people join – and link with absolutely anyone – without regard for whether they have any personal or business relationship. I’ve always said – I will not connect with people I can’t personally endorse. One good change that LinkedIn made was to stop showing the number of connections members had after 500. This stops the ‘race for the most’ that seems to be prevalent.
I stand by my comment: connections in LinkedIn are about quality not quantity.
This still sits on my profile:
If I do not know you well – please indicate why we should connect.
I do not connect with people I do not know. My rule of thumb – if I do not know you and your work I do not connect. It’s all about QUALITY not QUANTITY.