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Posted: 20 Oct 2015 15:48
by Neil Compton

By some miracle i have managed to find an old friend who is on LinkedIn. Does anyone know how i can contact a person on there without having to sign up to Premium.

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 18:18
by Andy Terry
See if he's on Facebook aswell, then use Messenger.

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 18:43
by Tim
If connected you can message them but you probably know that

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 19:14
by Neil Compton
I've sent a connect request. They don't appear to have been active for a while though :( Will they get an email do you know? I don't think they are on facebook. I noticed a link to twitter so i have sent a tweet as well.

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 21:53
by Tim
Not sure if they get an email, twitter probably your best bet, most people aren't active on linked in unless looking for a job!

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 22:38
by Neil Compton
Argh, they don't appear to be very active on twitter either and have their tweets protected. Was a very good friend a long time ago and i so want to be able to talk to them. :(

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 09:23
by George
Neil, whether a user gets e-mail notifications form any of these platforms depends on his or her settings. In most cases, though, the default setting is to get notifications about all sorts of annoying stuff, and I think it's probably the least active users who are least likely to go into their settings and turn the notifications off. Trouble is that a lot of occasional users either change e-mail address and don't update their neglected social media accounts, or just bin all the annoying notifications without reading them.

If your friend is on Twitter and his/her tweets are protected, you can't send a direct message, but if you simply tweet starting with his/her handle (e.g. "@NAME Long time no see!"), he/she will definitely see a notification when logged on to Twitter and may well get an e-mail notification. If you request to follow as well, the same should happen. And the fact that his/her profile page is nearly blank doesn't necessarily mean that he/she's inactive, because protected tweets are invisible.

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 09:36
by Neil Compton
Thanks George.

I am keeping my fingers crossed. This old friend of mine is actually a she and registered on twitter back in Sept 2013. In that time she has only made 9 tweets which is why i don't think she is very active. I can only wait now and hope for the best. One last resort may be to phone the place she last worked at and see if they would be of help.

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 16:52
by Neil Compton
Well i managed to get a message to my old friend via her brother who i found had a profile on facebook. He did say that she would be in touch but i have not heard a thing and have since been blocked on twitter. :(

I know it has been a long time and people change but it has surprised and saddened me that someone i knew well has decided to just ignore me. :cry:

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 17:25
by George
I can imagine it's disappointing, Neil, but who knows what's going on in her life right now. Maybe she has a possessive boyfriend. Maybe subsequent events make it an emotional necessity to cut herself off from reminders of the time when you and she were friends. All manner of things are possible, which don't necessarily imply any negative feelings towards you personally.

Regardless of the explanation, I'd be inclined to leave her alone unless and until there's reason to believe she'd want renewed contact.

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 18:01
by Neil Compton
Nicely put George.

Yer i am leaving her alone now. I said to her brother that i wouldn't bother them any more if i didn't hear anything and that is what i shall do knowing that at least i tried and was polite in the process.