There are many ways to approach making connections on LinkedIn. While we strongly suggest you connect with anyone and everyone, there are multiple approaches you can take. Social-media firm Social Media Sonar has identified four connection styles:
The lion. Lions are completely open connectors. They seek to increase their connections through actively sending out and accepting connection invitations. While I’m sure there are a few who take pride in touting the specific number of their connections, the majority believe that large networks lead to more opportunities.
The turtle. Turtles are the opposite of lions. Turtles primarily connect with those they know well. They see value in having a tight network made up of individuals they completely trust. Their networks tend to be highly selective and can be counted on to pass on introductions, much like a private networking group.
The hound dog. A hound dog is someone who uses LinkedIn to connect to those they know and those they would like to know. They also accept invitations from those who would be beneficial to have as connections.