If you have been sent a link to this page after you extended an invitation to connect to me on LI, then sorry, it appears you've fallen in to this category. This may be because
- I don't know you. As I use I use LinkedIn primarily as an email address book, adding your email address to only creates confusion for me later on.
- You are an HR recruiting person who hasn't read my critiques of Hadoop recruiting strategies. LI is not the place to find me; trying to connect to me on LI without even paying for a premium account doesn't make you look serious about recruiting -and doesn't benefit the Hadoop ecosystem. And I'm having fun at Hortonworks, so approaching me is a waste of time unless you want your plans made public.
- We have met, I have just completely forgotten about it as I am better at remembering email addresses than names or faces.
If it's options 1 or 2, LinkedIn is not the way to approach me. I am not trying to build up a vast network -I primarily use it as my address book for people I've worked with on Apache projects, or other people I've worked with. Not as a way of keeping a list of people I don't know.
As I've stated before, LinkedIn actually measures the accept:reject ratio of invitation requests. If I accept invitations from people I don't know, that devalues all my other links and does their graph no benefit at all.
[photo: xmas 2012 graffiti off stokes croft]