Does using LinkedIn automation make you a spammer?

Shockingly, John D. Rockefeller, the famous American oil magnate, can help us. Of course, the billionaire was born in 1839, and he didn’t live to see LinkedIn. However, his words apply to the issue. Rockefeller says, “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for it than any ability under the sun.”

That quote shows the value of communication, and it will come in handy later. However, it doesn’t answer your pressing technical questions about LinkedIn automation. Let’s explore the issue.

What Does LinkedIn Say?

LinkedIn has a tenuous relationship with third party tools. They sued a company called hiQ Labsbecause they built a tool that scraped LinkedIn’s data. They also tried removing hiQ’s access to LinkedIn by blacklisting their IP address. This was no small legal battle. It went all the way to U.S District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco. He went on to imply that if LinkedIn’s platform can benefit from the organization of their public data, then the whole internet at large should benefit too. The embattled company hiQ fired shots at LinkedIn too, saying they were breaking antitrust laws by trying to restrict their public data.

LinkedIn’s battle with automation goes far beyond hiQ. All you need to do is take a look at their website to see that. They have a page called “Prohibited Software and Extensions.” In brief, that page says LinkedIn doesn’t permit the use of any third party software that automates activity on LinkedIn’s website. The punishments are steep. In 1814, Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba when France determined he broke the law. Likewise, people who use automation software on LinkedIn can be exiled too; they can have their account restricted or terminated.

What Do the Third Party Tools Say?

Let’s explore the flip side of the coin. LinkedIn says that automation tools are banned from its website, implying these tools with get you removed from the website. However, there are numerous positive testimonials from clients who use LinkedIn automation tools. For instance, LinkedIn Helpercharges $99 a month for their automation tool. There are a quite a few testimonials on their site. Gary Curtis from ABC News calls it an “amazing tool.” Maverick Blair the marketer notes it’s a fantastic tool for “building your connections.” Also, Stephen Stavrakis calls the automation tool a “pretty amazing program.” There’s no shortage of people who are pumping up LinkedIn automation tools. One of the more surprising figures is the famous marketer Neil Patel. He penned an article on his website called “The Top 12 LinkedIn Tools for Boosting Sales.” One of the tools he mentions, Crystal, allows you to automatically send personalized emails.