- It acknowledges the reader
- It shows respect for their time
- It helps build online relationships
It’s logical, right?
So, why would someone ignore LinkedIn Answers?
Looking for Answers
LinkedIn’s feature, Answers, allows members to post questions in several different categories.
I love the feature and use it for various reasons.
- Networking by asking and answering questions
- Obtaining suggestions/recommendations for technology/other topics
- Help narrowing down resources
- Idea generation for blog posts or new product/service
I enjoy the generosity of others who share their time and their experience.
Not responding to someone who takes the time is rude.
Heed the Call
On more than one occasion, I have responded to a question, only to receive deafening silence.
In a recent experience, the question related to health care reform – now there’s a simple subject.
- I responded
- Checked my facts
- Included links to resources
Lest you think this is a personal pity party, others responded and their answers went unacknowledged as well.
You can send a private message to a responder, but since I didn’t receive a message, I assume the others did not receive one either.
This isn’t the first time, and I understand life happens, but let’s create a simple protocol.
Some of the following suggestions are simple networking protocol for any platform.
We will review Answers from the perspective of those asking the question and those responding.
- Review all notifications of responses (sent to your Inbox)
- Reply to each response
- Clarify questions if there is confusion
- Thank everyone for their help
- If it makes sense, select a Best Answer
Sometimes, there is no Best answer.
You have an option to select multiple Good answers.
I am impressed with the number of quality responses I receive in Answers. At a minimum, thank each responder.
- Share your experience, your knowledge
- If you have resources, share links
- If you are unclear about the question, ask for clarification
- Don’t use Answers as a platform for racking up responses
I don’t understand members who spam Answers with nonsensical responses.
I guess it makes sense in their minds, but it is really annoying to the masses.
See how simple that was?
- Askers acknowledge and thank responders
- Responders answer and share
What is your answer to the question ~
What suggestions do you have for LinkedIn Answers?
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