At Introducely, we like to keep the fine print to a minimum and ensure the networking opportunities of Introducely are as accessible as possible. At the same time, we’re also here to support a safe and useful networking environment for everyone. So, we do have some rules that all Requesters and Introducers must follow to keep their accounts in good standing.
Failing to follow the rules may result in the loss of your account. That may include forfeiture of any income you have earned as an Introducer that hasn’t yet been paid out. As a Requester, it may include loss of access to existing or future introductions.
Please review the Introducely Rules below and make sure you’re familiar with any Terms of Service that you agreed to when signing up for the service.
Adherence to Terms of Service
All Requesters and Introducers must adhere to the terms in any Terms of Service (TOS) they agreed to at the time they signed up for the service. Introducely may periodically and at its own discretion make updates to Terms of Service and send notification of the update to existing users. In that case, all Requesters and Introducers must adhere to the updated TOS.
Compliance with Any Applicable Laws
Requesters and Introducers are compelled to comply with any laws that may apply to their participation in the Introducely platform. That includes but is not limited to:
- Not using the platform to request introductions or set up meetings that are in some way against the law or for the purpose of engaging in activity that is against the law
- Not using the platform in a way that could breach legally protected privacy or confidentiality, such as if you’ve signed a nondisclosure agreement that’s relevant or might be violating a law such as HIPAA with an introduction
- Not knowingly supporting illegal activity of others with your platform activity, such as making an introduction if you’re reasonably sure the person would become a victim of a crime due to the introduction
Adherence to Other Site Rules
From time to time, Introducely may post site rules that are not specifically included in the TOS at that time. Individuals engaged in activities on the platform agree to abide by those rules as they are published.
Introducely will always make every effort to ensure site rules and TOS are updated, clear and easy to find. We are not here to make it hard to comply with the rules, and in fact, many of the rules for participation in the site come down to the basics of common sense and professionalism.
Some Specific Examples of Prohibited Activity and Content
Below is a partial rundown of content and behavior that’s not allowed on the Introducely platform. Where examples are provided, they aren’t meant to be comprehensive or all-inclusive. They are simply meant to provide some guidance or clarification on some of the types of things that aren’t allowed.
- Attempts to request an introduction to anyone for the purpose of sexual favors, sexual activity that is paid for or activities related to sex trafficking or prostitution. For example, you should not use Introducely to connect anyone with a paid sex worker or request to meet someone who can provide you with sex.
- Using the platform to request or facilitate a meeting or contact with a minor child without their parent’s or guardian’s permission and oversight. This is true even if the intent of your introduction is legal and appropriate. For example, a journalist writing an article on how preteens view the COVID-19 pandemic might want to interview some children between the ages of 10 and 12. You should never ask for an introduction directly to the child, though. Instead, ask for an introduction to parents or guardians with children that age who might be willing to facilitate an interview.
- Requesting introductions to people for illegal medical donor purposes. The legalities and ethics of organ donation, surrogacy and other similar processes are complex. You should consult an attorney or other expert when seeking to connect legally with others for these purposes. However, you might use Introducely to request an introduction to medical specialists or others if the request doesn’t break laws or cross regulatory lines.
- Using bait-and-switch tactics in either requests or introduction proposals. Be as honest and detailed in your communications as possible to help ensure the satisfaction of all parties involved with any introductions made. For example, if someone has asked to be introduced to a brain surgeon who has treated patients with a certain type of diagnosis, you should not say you can connect them with your friend Dr. John if Dr. John is a cardiovascular surgeon.
- Engaging in communication of any type on the platform that is obscene or profane. Keep content and communication professional and leave out NSFW content (pornography, violence, harsh language, etc.). This is a good rule to follow in most networking because you never know when you might cross paths somewhere else with someone you engaged with on the platform.
- Maligning or defaming others on the platform. You should never use the platform in a way that could be construed as slanderous or libelous. For example, don’t malign a specific person in a request simply because you don’t want to be introduced to that person. You shouldn’t request, for example, “Any pediatrician in Dallas other than Dr. Johnson, who is a complete jerk.” You should also not slander others in introduction proposals as a way to position your option as the best.
- Communication or actions that could be construed as threatening in nature. When communicating with others on the platform, do not threaten anyone in any way. It can be exciting to be successful at making introductions, but you should not be so passionate about your candidate for each request (or your own success on the platform) that you maliciously push your choices on others.
- Asking for introductions for pyramid schemes. Don’t make requests to be introduced to people for the purpose of pitching your marketing organization to them to build a downline in a pyramid scheme or MLM marketing. You can, however, ask for introductions to someone who is successful in a legal affiliate marketing or direct marketing program for the purpose of interviewing them or connecting with a mentor. And if you want to be introduced to someone who is successful with a direct marketing company because you want to join someone’s downline, then that is acceptable as well.
- Connecting to buy or sell illegal items. Do not ask for or respond to requests for illegal or heavily regulated items such as guns, alcohol, medications or endangered animals.
- Duplicating requests or responses or otherwise generating spam-like content. Keep things concise and don’t repeat requests or responses in an effort to get them noticed.
- Responding to Requesters with unsolicited offers, information or introduction proposals. A request is not an invitation to send messages about offers and promos, even if you think they are related to the request or might be of interest to the requester. They’re also not an opportunity to spread PR messaging. For example, if someone wants introductions to teachers working with 5th graders for an article they’re writing, you should not send them information about a different educational story that “might be of interest to them.”
We know there are a lot of don’ts in the content above. But overall, it’s fairly easy to keep on the right side of the Introducely rules by being professional, polite and considerate of the time and needs of others on the platform.
Now that we’ve covered some of the major don’ts, how about a few dos?
- Do check in to the platform often to see if someone needs an introduction you can facilitate. You can check in as often as you like!
- Do respond when you have a potential connection. Not everyone will hit the nail on the head with every response, but as long as you truly believe you have someone who meets a Requester’s needs, give them a reply.
Do think outside of the box with how you use the platform. As long as it’s legal and follows our rules, if you need to meet someone, the Introducely network can probably help.
About the Author
Nick Chasinov is the founder of Introducely and covers topics regarding sales, marketing, technology, networking, career growth, and all things Introducely related.