This is one of my favourites topics too. I have met many people believing in volume as The main thing in Networking.
Their conviction being that you have to give 99 times to receive one time, and value comes from randomness: you never know you will meet, and what kind of opportunity one can bring with him!
I agree on the subject of randomness: that is probably why I love networking so much. You get to meet with fantastic people!
Nevertheless, I kind of disagree on the volume aspect: indeed, it is good to know a lot of people (or to be known by a lot of people) but it becomes quite difficult to manage.
Worst, some excellent sites like Linkedin based their approach on endorsements and incoming contact requests you forward to your contacts: by experience, people with 1500+ contacts become more a bottle neck than a Super Nod!
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