When connecting with someone on LinkedIn, you may find it useful to know the approximate size of that person's network. Normally, you'll just see the 500+ connections badge on their profile - but what's the real number? It could be 501. Or 10.000.
To find the right number, you have to dig a little deeper.
Go ahead and try this on a random LinkedIn profile:
The number of followers isn't the same as the number of connections but for most normal profiles these numbers are not too far from each other. Important or well-known influencers or thought leaders may have thousands of followers and far fewer connections.
Also, you may find that on certain profiles the number of followers is zero. This is because they have disabled the Follow feature in the privacy settings.