The Maximum Number of Connections and Invitations on LinkedIn
What are the limits on connections and invitations on LinkedIn?
Your LinkedIn profile is the best platform to promote yourself as a professional. You can highlight your achievements, job experience and topics which interest you. It can be used as a platform to advertise your skills, build credibility as a professional, and increase your visibility. Videos and images in the summary and experience fields can truly develop a three-dimensional view of your brand, painting a compelling picture of who you are in the real world.
Perhaps the biggest asset of a meticulously curated LinkedIn account is your network. On LinkedIn, people in your network are called connections. Your network is made up of your 1st-degree, 2nd-degree, and 3rd-degree connections, as well as fellow members of your LinkedIn groups. You can build your network by sending invitations to connect with other LinkedIn members and your email contacts, or by accepting invites from others. The degree of connection you have with another member affects how you can interact with them on LinkedIn.
Having worked on reverse-engineering a number of search algorithms, some of the most common questions I have been asked are:
Is there a limit on the number of LinkedIn connections I can have? Why do some people seem to have a higher limit of connections and invitations than me?
LinkedIn users can now have a maximum of 30,000 1st-degree connections. LinkedIn previously had a 30,000 connection limit, but it was unenforced for a long time. During that time, several people accrued a very large number of connections. This was before the “follow” feature was added, so there really wasn’t any other way to connect people and so exceeding the limit was tolerated.
Not only is this now addressed in LinkedIn’s Help Section, but I can personally attest to the 30,000 connection limit:
With the addition of the follow feature, the limit was firmly established at 30,000. However, users who had more than 30,000 connections were allowed to keep their connections during the transition. This is likely when you saw users with connections over 30,000 and the source of the confusion.
Once the site update was completed, all connections over 30,000 were removed as 1st degree connections, and were converted to followers of that user.
The limit on invitations sent to other users is now 3,000. However, you can request an increase by contacting LinkedIn Support. If your acceptance rate is high enough (indicating you actually know the people you are connecting to and are not spamming random people) LinkedIn may reset your 3,000 limit on invitations. However, your account may be restricted if you try to connect with a large number of users over a short period of time.
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Casey Botticello is a partner at Black Edge Consulting. Black Edge Consulting is a strategic communications firm, specializing in online reputation management, digital marketing, and crisis management. Prior to founding Black Edge Consulting, he worked for BGR Group, a bipartisan lobbying and strategic communications firm.
Casey is the founder of the Cryptocurrency Alliance, an independent expenditure-only committee (Super PAC) dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain advocacy. He is also the editor of several Medium publications, including Making Money Online, Blogging Guide, and Black Edge Consulting. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, where he received his B.A. in Urban Studies.