On Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, it is very easy to “unfriend” someone. For some reason it is very difficult to figure out how to delete connections on LinkedIn.
If you think about it, LinkedIn was originally intended to be a social network for professionals who only connected with people they know and trust. But, similar to other social media, users today are more open and might connect with someone on LinkedIn that they might not know too well. This is similar to how they might follow someone who seems interesting on Twitter or Instagram without personally knowing them.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, we might want to delete a LinkedIn connection that doesn’t make sense anymore. After all, if you think of connecting to someone as their joining your virtual world, if the relationship does not work out because you feel you are being spammed or for another reason, you do have the option of removing them as a LinkedIn connection. Connecting with someone on LinkedIn is not a marriage by any means! Hopefully this gives those who want to build out a larger network or even those who want to start slowly connecting to people that you virtually meet on LinkedIn some sense of security in doing so.
There are two primary ways in how to delete connections on LinkedIn.
1. Delete Connections When Visiting Their Profile
This is by far the easiest way in how to delete connections on LinkedIn. After all, there is probably an incident that makes you want to remove a LinkedIn connection, so inevitably you will probably end up visiting that person’s profile to make sure you want to remove them. If you are concerned that they might find out that you visited their profile, make sure you visit their profile with your privacy settings showing you as an anonymous visitor.
Once you have landed on their profile, press the right arrow where you see a “Send a message” prompt, and you should see the “Remove connection” option at the very bottom as pictured below:
2. Delete Connections From My Network Connections view
How to delete connections on LinkedIn if you already have a list of people you want to remove as a LinkedIn connection or you want to scroll through your LinkedIn connections and decide who to remove? This option is for you!
If you navigate to the My Network tab, you will see how many connections you have on the top left corner. Pressing on that number will land you on the Connections view that appears below:
You have the ability here to search for connections by either first name, last name, or the default recently added.
For every connection you will see a Message button to the right followed by three dots. Pressing the three dots will provide you the magical Remove Connection button.
Removing a LinkedIn connection through either of the above two methods will yield the same result.
The beauty of understanding how to delete connections on LinkedIn is that:
- Your contact will not be informed that you removed them from your connections.
- Should your disconnected connection wish to invite you to connect again, even after you remove them as a connection, they will get an error message saying something to the effect that “This user cannot be invited at this time”. If they contact you directly about this be prepared to explain (I have been in the same situation in the past so you will have to explain in your own words).
- You can re-invite the person you disconnected from, in which case the connection will be fully restored as if you never removed them.
Now that you know how to delete connections on LinkedIn, you should have the confidence that should, for whatever reason, you want to delete one of your LinkedIn connections, the option is there. And it is easy to do as well.
Looking to disconnect from the wrong types, perhaps a LinkedIn LION that started to send you spam, but still build your LinkedIn connections? Here’s an interesting infographic with tips on how to connect with the right people on LinkedIn:
Infographic source: WhoIsHostingThis?