I left my previous job some time ago and started a new one. When leaving my bosses told me to keep in touch and I had reasons to think they meant it. At my previous job I had good reasons to want to leave and my bosses knew it - they told me so. It was a huge international company and I had very good performance reviews. When I handed in my notice they tried to keep me.
Now, some time later, I hate my new job and I am looking for a new position elsewhere.
I wanted to contact some former colleagues on Linkedin to ask whether they had any openings. I contacted those who stressed they wanted to keep in touch with a short friendly email.
I received no reply although they did read the emails.
As a result I applied for a position like every external applicant and has now been turned down (which is in itself shocking as my skills correspond extremely well to the positions there).
I guess I have the following question concerning Linkedin: Is it ever a strategically good, justifiable decision to "unfriend" people - to delete them from your personal network? I don't want to act childishly, but I see no point in keeping a relationship to a person who ignores me. Not to mention that I do share a lot of personal info on there and I don't want to share it with people I don't see as my "network".
And yes, it's very much a workplace question since I'm trying to understand linkedin's influence on the professional sphere.