The Auto-Auto-Response

I love connecting with new people on LinkedIn — sometimes you know them from current projects, other times you met them years ago and are reconnecting and sometimes they come from having read some of your work or asking you an interesting question to strike up a conversation.

It’s all good.

But the best connections are the ones where you get the auto-response immediately after you connect to them — like 2 seconds after you accept the invite.

And it’s not a message that comes into you, it’s a novel filled with their life story, how they have helped so many and how they are ready to help you

Even better is when you don’t respond to it (I will read all of them because I’m super curious) but now a week has gone by where I receive an auto-response to the first auto response continuing the conversation I never responded to.

It usually goes something like — “Hey how’s it going, I see you haven’t responded, blah, blah, blah”.

And then you don’t respond and you wait again.

And then the auto to the auto to the auto response comes at you.


Maybe this goes on for another auto response or so and then finally it dies down.

I know the game, I’ve played it, it’s about numbers and drops — start with one hundred contacts and keep hitting them over the head. If you can get 10 people responding to any number of responses, you win, that’s your funnel by metrics, don’t worry about the other ninety.

I was never able to get past that fact, the missing ninety, maybe those were the winners, the leaders, the influencers, the real people I should be talking to.

I’ve often been bothered by LinkedIn’s lack of a useful SDK that could make for some truly interesting software that could allow you to meet the right people and create those masterful connections that we have with a handful of people in our growing connection libraries

But then I realize they can’t because the rampant usage of auto auto auto response will go through the roof and that will be the final straw that will push their users over the edge to find something new.

But maybe it’s something new that we need.