LinkedIn: I'm not a joiner by nature...

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...but I gotta admit, I'm impressed.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting all warm-n-fuzzy about social networks, 99% don't have a snowball's chance in hell and I'd assigned LinkedIn to that category. When I joined up (I think over 2 years ago, but couldn't find a date field in the profile), I didn't see much critical mass, and promptly bailed out. I figured the profile would die. It didn't, evidently, and I was ping'd a day or two ago by an old friend in the SEO industry.

When I went back in, the UI seemed about the same but it was immediately evident that the membership base was perking, that sometime over the past year or two, something had kicked in. Now, I don't think it will be much use to me as I'm still a loner and not really looking for work (my profile says "does not play well with others"), but I see some other client-based seo's back there working the crowd. So, if you're interested in clients, you might take this post as a headzup.

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Questions and Answers

If you really want to be working it drop by the answers Q&A section. Don't be a wanker answering planted question, try and be helpful, and you'll be rewarded...

I'm late to it too

I joined probably three years ago at the request of a client, and did nothing with it, but then I started noticing a month or two back that it was getting a lot of attention, so I'm playing catchup, tracking down people I know and sending them invitations.

Linkedin evolved from platform to community

The community phase includes widgets, toolbars, groups, recommendations, alerts and much more.
There is a major shift from "pre-born" Linkedin of the early adopters days to the live n' kicking one it is today.

paranoid seos

paranoid seos don't fit the hard-molded networking profile very well, but that's understandable.

heh, google uses it to find

heh, google uses it to find employees. they have approached me twice via linkedin.

Maybe I'm dumb, but I have

Maybe I'm dumb, but I have difficulty navigating around the place.

Think it was Nick Wilson sent a friends request, but I can't find anywhere in the email or my profile to accept it.

So he probably thinks I'm an anti-social arse, when in fact I just find the whole interface set-up user-unfriendly.

>> I see some other

>> I see some other client-based seo's back there working the crowd

:)

>> drop by the answers Q&A section

:D

>find the whole interface

>find the whole interface set-up user-unfriendly

It was confusing the first go-round, but we're forum creatures, Brian. Some of the boys I hang around with (dogboy, primarily) have been making go (at gunpoint) on social site spelunking expeditions (help me!) of late. It's like MySpace without all the fluorescent colors (yay!) and naked college girls (boo!).

The answers section seems

The answers section seems great, and works especially well when you answer questions for people in your immediate network.

My LinkedIn network is currently building on almost autopilot with the LinkedIn Fast widget I created.

yeah, i was drawn to the

yeah, i was drawn to the answers section, too.

>network is currently building on almost autopilot

See, that's where I don't fit in. I have no particular interest in fleshing out a network built on people I don't know.

New Math

RC you're definitely working with the friend 1.0 model ...

>working with the friend 1.0

>working with the friend 1.0 model

give me a forum with a thousand or so members and i'll probably find a few friends, but that's the environment i happen to know well. again, i realize my own circumstances aren't likely to fit the pattern back there in linkedin, but i do see the possibilities.

I've joined several times,

I've joined several times, and none of me see much benefit to being LinkedIn. If I expose my "true" network of associates, you get to see my star coders, my database guys, my CSS guys, my PR people, my high-level contact at AOL ;-) and you can deduce a *ton* about how I work and from whence comes my competitive advantage. I don't know for certain, but I doubt that is good for me. If I obfuscate that by putting in just anybody, then tell me again, how is that good for me?

Oh yeah, if I need a job. Right. Now I remember.

There is also a LinkedIn SEO

There is also a LinkedIn SEO group. I don't think I'll ever catch up with the contact happy bastards showing up on the homepage :)

>> LinkedIn SEO group LOL,

>> LinkedIn SEO group

LOL, yeah, but it looks like a way for Mike Nott to get his profile spidered to me :)

bad usability

So how in heaven's name do you join a a group at linkedin? I was unable to find a clear answer

Works for me

LinkedIn seonc

I've put a few "wanker" questions in there and the response has always been favourable.

It's so nice to see the term wanker being used in the US - people on the freeways are getting to understand me lately ;)

Not a networker

I am in it, accept peoples invitations ... meh. Never found a use for it really. Not a natural networker, me

Good reference site

This is a good reference site for all things LinkedIn, I also occasionally find a (link building) nugget on it:

http://linkedintelligence.com/

Since the Q&A segment was mentioned earlier - check out this Jan 16 post:

http://linkedintelligence.com/linkedin-starts-cleaning-up-answers-spam/

pretty useful

I use it to keep up with biz contacts, and to locate folx I was once in contact with. It's been great for that.

John Andrews: if you're concerned about it being used for competitive intelligence, why don't you disable others from seeing your Contacts?

It's cool for engineering and tech fields, but pretty thin on other verticals. Also thin on members of academia.

As one of the contact happy bastards showing up on the homepage

LinkedIn has been useful for me. When I first came to Russia it helped make connections in the search industry here (and in other industries who wanted work doing).

I still get work offers through it but mostly headhunters these days. People use it for background checking though, I've had more than one client tell me that.

Background checks

I had played with it ages back it was only when some ex collegues mentioned it that I got cracking

I make sure get some heavy duty contacts.

John Andrews: if you're

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John Andrews: if you're concerned about it being used for competitive intelligence, why don't you disable others from seeing your Contacts?

and then it would be useful for .... what? A contact manager I suppose? A directory? A user-managed, online white pages?

I keep wondering when they will add a job system or real estate or travel.

LinkedIn is in the Black (?) and other notes

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting all warm-n-fuzzy about social networks, 99% don't have a snowball's chance in hell and I'd assigned LinkedIn to that category"

RCJordon, I'm pretty sure LinkedIn is in the black for its job section. Its a great tool for those looking to hire.

As for other uses, I know some LinkedIn users who become a "hub" where his contacts go through him to ask for his permission contact his other contacts. You need the right mix of people on your contacts to archive this. I've only been able to do this only a few times, mostly between friends of start-ups and potential advisors/VC folks on my contact list..

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