What's the difference between "add to network" and "connect" in "People You May Know"?

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"Add to network" are taken from your contacts list or address book (if you've allowed LinkedIn to see that), but do not yet have a matching LinkedIn account. For these you will see the name, but instead of a job title, it will list their email address.

"Connect" will appear for existing LinkedIn profiles.

When you click "Add to network" it will send an invite to the person (but will not be customisable) asking them to join and create an account.

  • There must be something else going on though, because it is showing me people with the "add to network" link and saying that we have a shared connection
    – soupy1976
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 16:41
  • in fact, in the screenshot in the question above, there is someone with "add to network", and two shared contacts
    – soupy1976
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 17:12
  • They may still not have accounts, as they may have also been found in other users' address books @sou Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 3:52
  • I'm also seeing “Invite to LinkedIn” buttons under some names in the current rev of LinkedIn, so I don't believe your explanation for “Add to network” is still accurate. Commented May 11, 2015 at 0:56

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