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How to Easily “Unfriend” Someone on LinkedIn

How to Easily “Unfriend” Someone on LinkedIn

While it’s not always pleasant or something we do every day, the need to remove a social media contact does come up from time to time.  The term “unfriend” was even named “Word of the Year” a couple of years ago.  As a LinkedIn open networker, you do find yourself needing to perform this action more often than a typical LinkedIn user.  You may find yourself connected to a spammer, a fake profile, someone who’s become a bother for whatever reason, or you may need to remove inactive accounts to “make room” for active and/or real-life connections.  It sounds harsh, but it’s a fact of life, especially for those of us who are capped at 30K first-level connections and no longer able to accept invites and connect with the real-life contacts we work with every day.

While Facebook and Twitter allow you to easily remove someone by simply visiting their profile and clicking “unfriend” or “unfollow”, LinkedIn doesn’t have this capability.  You must follow this clunky process to remove a connection:

1. Click on the “Contacts” link on the toolbar across the top of your screen.
2. Select “My Connections” from the dropdown menu.
3. Click on the “Remove Connections” link in the top right corner.
4. Wait for the page to pull up (if it ever does… see below).
5. Search by last name.
6. Click “Remove.”

This cumbersome and clunky process has become even more frustrating lately since the “Remove Connections” page has been timing out for me (and many other superconnectors) for the past couple of months.  Those of us with large networks are no longer able to remove connections at all!  Very frustrating indeed…  While I’m hopeful that the recent IPO will free up some funds to enable LinkedIn to buy more servers and increase their bandwidth, I decided to contact Customer Service in the meantime to see if they could help out.  Their only recommended solution to my problem was that they would be happy to cut my network from 30K first-level connections to 5K.  What??  Ummmm, no thanks!  ;)  Guess I was on my own to figure out a workaround…

Here’s what I came up with… my latest LinkedIn hack…  a “Remove a Connection” Quicklink! :)  Not only is this tip helpful for those of us who are no longer able to access the “Remove Connections” page, it’s also a much quicker option for anyone who needs to remove a connection, for whatever reason.  Rather than a six-step process, you can go straight to a person’s profile and easily figure out the link to remove him/her.

Here’s how:

1. Go to that person’s profile and identify his/her unique LinkedIn member number. It’s the number embedded in their LinkedIn profile URL (right after “id=”).

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=000000000&authType=name&authToken=lqMQ&locale=en_US&pvs=pp&trk=ppro_viewmore
2. Copy their member number, paste it at the end of this link and then plug the whole thing into your URL window.  Voila!  They’re removed!

http://www.linkedin.com/connections?breakConnections=&connectionChooser=000000000
This quicklink only allows you to remove one connection at a time, but at least it’s quick, easy, direct and will never time out on you!  :)  Happy networking!

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12 comments

  1. Thanks Stacy! I’ve been in the same boat with about 13,000 connections and trying to figure this out for some time. I too have contacted LI and gotten the same runaround.

    It seems the harder we work to build our networks, the more LI tries to shut us out…in this instance, and when those Maps came out that showed networks as dots grouped together…those of us with big networks couldn’t even participate, and we’re the ones who most needed it. What gives? Are they a networking platform or the networking police?

    ShoutOut to Susan Critelli – Fancy seeing you here!

  2. I’m truly disgusted with Linkedin…I get a note from them congratulating me on being friends with someone who has not been in my life for nearly 7 years. This person showed absolutely NO COMPASSION when a mutual friend of ours died. She said…”OH, WELL!” when he died in a terrible car wreck. He died instantly…he was one of the finest people I’ve ever met. How could Linkedin put that person through without my permission? Am I missing something here? Now I have to go figure out how to UNFRIEND her. GRRR!!! I never invited her to be my friend to begin with!!! I cut her out of my life after giving her plenty of time to explain herself. Signed: VERY ANNOYED!!!!!

  3. Most of the time its not nessisary to have to remove a contact. But on occation a person is just there to Blast there advertisment to you trying to sell you something. It happens on all social networks. I have not had to get rid of a linkin connection. Linkedin seems to have more professionals. But now its nice to know if I ever need to. Thanks for the info.

  4. I am an Open Networker who has just over 5,000 connections on LinkedIn. I can’t even imagine trying to manage or care about 20-30K first level connections. I am delighted to hear that there is a workaround to help you get rid of fake profiles and spammers.

  5. I appreciate the tip Stacy. Makes me wonder though why Linkedin doesn’t have an easy ‘remove’ button like other popular sites.

  6. I’ve make the mistaking of “friending” some people I wish I hadn’t. This is a great tip for getting rid of that problem!

  7. This is a great tip and I am sure I will be using it when the need arises.

  8. Thank you so much for the great “Tip!” I really appreciate your efforts and sharing the process with those of us online.

  9. Thanks for the tip. Not sure if I will ever need it and if I do or I know someone who does, I have saved it for reference.

  10. I don’t use social media networks that much, but it is great to know how to remove a contact. Very good article!

  11. I’ve always wondered about the logic used in friending everyone and anyone on social networks, regardless on any real connection to the individual. Quality trumps quantity, particularly on a career and business networking site such as LinkedIn.

  12. If I ever need to remove someone, now I’ll know how.

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