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Introductions - Overview

What is an Introduction?

Last Reviewed: 02/07/2013
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Introductions let you contact members in your extended network through the people you know. If you want to contact someone who is two or three degrees away from you, you can request an introduction through one of your connections. Your connection will, in turn, decide whether to forward your message on to the desired recipient (if in your 2nd degree network) or on to a shared connection (if in your 3rd degree network).

  • All LinkedIn members (even those with free accounts) have a certain number of introductions they can request. Compare account types to see how many introductions your account gets.
  • Introductions expire after 6 months if the receiver doesn't respond.
  • Once the member accepts your introduction you can exchange information and do business.
  • You won't become 1st degree connections unless one of you invites the other to connect and the request is accepted. We recommend you only connect with those you know and trust.

To contact any LinkedIn member directly, without an introduction, send an InMail.

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