Blog/Social Media – 5 Things, Part 2

by Christi on January 20, 2009



This week, we are exploring 5 things.

  1. Blogs
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Facebook
  4. Flickr
  5. YouTube

Yesterday, we looked at blogs. Today, we are looking at LinkedIn.

  • LinkedIn has over 34 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world.
  • A new member joins LinkedIn every second of every day, approximately half of our members are outside the U.S.
  • Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are LinkedIn members.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.
Go to LinkedIn and set up a profile. Find 5 people you know to link to (feel free to link to me – Christi Wharton). Look at the groups. Are there any groups that could benefit you? View groups that your contacts have joined. Join groups with interests that are similar to your own. How could you use the LinkedIn network to help your business. Is there anyone on LinkedIn that could use your expertise? Is there anyone on LinkedIn that you can learn from?

2 comments on “Blog/Social Media – 5 Things, Part 2

  1. So Christi from one of your slowest students… I am on Plaxo, I do have half a profile on linked in as well but asking folks that I have already connected with on Plaxo now to go to linkedin and connect…I feel like an Amway salesman here. If on Plaxo, why linkedin or vice versa?

    Herb

  2. Christi on said:

    I have a plaxo profile as well as a linkedin profile (as well as a facebook profile . . .). Plaxo says this:

    It’s meant to be a better way for you to stay in touch with the people you actually know and care about — your family, your real-world friends, and the people you know from business.

    LinkedIn says this:

    Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return

    I wouldn’t necessarily ask people to “move” from one to the other. Very few of my LinkedIn contacts are my friends on Facebook (you are a good example of one who is on both). On LinkedIn, I have found contacts who help me keep up with the latest in internet marketing, and business innovations that I may not find on a network where I am hooked to friends and family.

    I would just create a new network with LinkedIn. Invite people in your business network who are not already on to join and meet new people. Kind of like the old saying “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold! :)

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