September 22, 2014
Within the last few days, I’ve received a ton of calls and emails from clients and connections wanting to know why they can no longer request an introduction to a 3rd degree connection.
Turns out, when you view a profile of a 3rd degree connection, the Get Introduced link no longer appears on the How You’re Connected section.
I investigated the issue and found that LinkedIn decided to remove this functionality.
Why would LinkedIn do this?
Well, this is what LinkedIn says:
“We’ve recently made a change preventing requests to 3rd+ degree connections, as it created a poor experience which relied on a chain of actions for multiple users in order for two members to be introduced. At this time, we recommend InMails are used to reach out to 3rd degree connections, and if you’d like I’ll be happy to apply a free InMail credit to your account to reach out to Peter.”
I would agree that it wasn’t the most streamlined process. On a number of occasions I forwarded introduction requests to 1st degree connections, hoping they would pass it on to their connection who would then pass it on to the intended party. I honestly have no idea how many of these requests ever made it through.
Just because LinkedIn removed the ability to request introductions to 3rd degree connections doesn’t mean that you cannot communicate with them. There are still ways to reach out to 3rd Degree Connections.
1. Send them a Connection Request. Include a personalized message that states: “We don’t know each other yet but I would like to connect with you because [insert reason]. I hope you will accept this request to connect.” By including a personalized note, the person will be more apt to accept your connection. Once you are 1st degree connections, you can message them normally.
2. Join a Group that your 3rd degree connection is already a member of. Once you are a member of this shared Group, you can go to the Members section of the Group and message your 3rd degree connection directly.
3. Check out your 3rd degree connection’s profile. Do they list their phone number or email in their Summary or within their Experiences? If so, give them a call on the phone or send them an email.
4. Check out how you are connected to your 3rd degree connection. Give a call to your connection and see if they could tell you who connects them to the 3rd degree connection. See if you can get the introduction offline rather than through LinkedIn.
5. You can send an InMail— but this is only available to you if you are a premium member. (Note: Spotlight and Personal Plus plans, although Premium membership levels, do not have the ability to send InMails).
6. Use Open Profile. If you are a premium member and your 3rd degree connection is also a premium member, and you both opted into Open Profile, you can freely send messages to each other.
Are you upset that LinkedIn removed 3rd degree introductions? Do you have any other ways to communicate with a 3rd degree connection? Let me know in the comments. Just scroll down!
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