Have you sent an invitation on LinkedIn and now regret it?
Want to know how to cancel a connection request? You can do it from the “My Network” section.
Connections are the main pillars of any social media and LinkedIn is no exception. You need a vast network to get better outcomes in this business-oriented platform.
A lot of us start requesting everyone we can think of when establishing our account for the first time.
But it is nothing new to send an invitation on social media and then regret doing so. This happens a lot on Instagram for me.
It’s not like I cannot make up my mind about that particular person, just sometimes we decide in a hurry and then regret it. No big deal!
Invitations and requests are precisely what they are called; the recipient can accept them or not. As I mentioned, a lot of us try to expand our connections ASAP by sending a lot of connection requests all at once. But why should we even withdraw an invitation?
To cancel a connection request on LinkedIn, go to the person's profile and click on the "Cancel" button next to the pending request. You can also go to the "My Network" tab and click on "Manage all" under the "Invitations" section. Then, find the person's request and click on "Withdraw".
How to cancel a connection request?
Follow the following steps to cancel any pending invitations.
- Open your LinkedIn account
- Click on the “My Network”
- Click on the “manage” button at the upper part of the opened page, in front of “pending invitations”
- Select the “Sent” section
- Click on “Withdraw” for any connections you want to cancel the request
But why cancel a request? Are there any benefits to doing that?
There is no doubt that expanding your network has a lot of benefits, especially if you are trying to promote your business and attract some clients or if you are on a job hunt.
But still, there might be requests that are never accepted; people can easily just deny an invitation!
Keep in mind that there is a limitation of 30,000 for LinkedIn connections. You can only follow people after that, and your posts do not appear in your following feed, so maybe being careful about who you choose to send a connection request to on LinkedIn can be a good strategy.
If you hit the limitation and now want to connect with someone to have a chat with, you need to remove some connections before that. Besides, there is a limitation on the number of pending requests you can have in your account.
Well, there is no official number for this one, but some say the limitation for pending invitations is 3000, and when you reach that, you cannot send any other invitations unless you withdraw some older ones.
So now that you know it is possible to cancel requests, maybe it’s time to clean up your network from some of them. It is not such a big deal; you can withdraw any requests for anyone; it doesn’t matter if you’ve accidentally sent that invitation or simply regretted connecting with them.
But you need to know that the users might notice that you’ve canceled on them (if they’ve seen your invitation on their account).
So if you know them face to face, maybe it’s not the best idea to withdraw your invitation, especially if you’ve sent them recently.
And last but not least, you should know that you cannot resend another invitation to the users you canceled on for about three weeks. So maybe you want to choose carefully?
To wrap up
Knowing how to cancel a connection request on LinkedIn doesn’t seem that important, but it is as essential as knowing how to expand your network.
You need a reasonable connection network to be able to work on your brand on LinkedIn but need to keep an eye on the number of people you are connecting to.
There is a 30,000 limitation, and believe it or not, there are always better targets out there.