One of the most important things you can do for your career is to network with others in your area. You can do this in person, or online (or both), but be sure you keep up with your network.
One good way to do that is to be sure you are accepting links and invitations in whichever medium you use. If you are on LinkedIn (a great place), be sure that you review and accept your invitations every month (at least). On Facebook, accept friend requests, and on other platforms, accept the links.
You don't need to send a note to each person or follow up right away, but at some point you may want to, or need to, and it will be important that you have a large network ready.
How much review do you perform? I do none. I accept everyone.