No doubt the Internet and the Social Media have enhanced how business is done today. Opportunities today are more then ever and so is the competition, so is the noise! Everybody has the opportunity to do more, be more – it's a level playing field today! Internet has given the platform to people from around the world to interact with leaders in various industries, learn, contribute and grow.
When it comes to networking, I go by the principle, "Treat everybody as genuine until they prove themselves to be otherwise." Therefore, I generally accept all connection requests and disconnect or ban people later if I realize it wasn't a good decision.