Some users, after connecting directly – on openBC – tend to turn off the “Receive Private Messages” option. For example, once ‘A’ is connected with ‘B’ and ‘A’ has access to all/some contact information of ‘B’ [depending on the options that ‘B’ has set], ‘B’ might turn off “Receive Private Messages from A” – assuming that since e-mail information has already been made available, there is no need to receive messages on the openBC platform.

Till recently, I assumed that this would be a good option – to minimize e-mail on the openBC platform and divert it to my inbox. But I still refrained from using it since I was not aware of other implications. Glad that I did not use it!

I have not once used the “Introduce Contact” feature on openBC. Just today, a friend of mine needed to get in touch with a Recruiter / Placement Consultant. I had 9 of them in my network. Instead of e-mailing them separately – which would have entailed my copying the link to my friend’s profile, digging out each Recruiter’s e-mail id and writing 9 separate e-mails. Instead, I decided to use the “Introduce Contact” feature. My only inhibition was that if I introduced ‘A’ to ‘B’ but ‘B’ was not interested, I would be in a bit of a soup because then I would have to personally write to ‘A’ intimating the negative response from ‘B’.

To my surprise, I discovered that there were two options – I could send a “two-way” introduction [where both parties would receive the e-mail] or I could send a “one-way” e-mail – where only ‘B’ would know of ‘A’s’ need and if interested, they could directly get in touch with ‘A’!

One of the potential recipients had, unfortunately turned off the receipt of Private Messages, so the system was unable to deliver the message to that person.

So, in my opinion, to maximize the benefits of the openBC system, it would be better to keep the receipt of private messages functional on your profile. Otherwise you never know what you might be missing.