Connections are a fun and easy way to create a quick list of your favorite people.
What happens when you connect with someone?
You can updates of any changes to their profile via your feed, you can send them a private message, and you can chat live with them if they are Online. Connections are also listed on your profile home for quick access.
How do you connect?
Find their profile by using the Search box at the top left and typing in their name. If they have a profile, select their name and click Connect. Because the Connect is on all profiles, you can click it whenever you are in a profile from a Group, or a Forum, etc.
A box will pop up to let you type in a personal invitation (optional) and you will notify that person via email (or through their message box) that you'd like to connect.
Once they accept, you will get a message back that they have accepted.
Remove a connection
You can View Connections from your Profile Home or under Manage Profile. Check the box beside the person and select Delete Selected Connection.
They will not be notified of your removal.
Preferences & Messaging
Under View Connections, you can Message All My Connections. This puts a message in their inbox and may send them an email notification (depending on their preferences). The message itself will not be emailed though, just a notification.
There is a Preferences option as well so you can set your notification preference of when you want to receive notifications of updates from your connections. This is a snippet of selections from all of your Preferences which can be set under Manage Profile.