For the uninitiated, LinkedIn is an online network of more than 19 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.
When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.
I had joined LinkedIn quite a long time ago but back then I didn’t have any social network whatsoever to built upon (all of my friends and acquaintances were not on the www) and I just let my profile lie unused and incomplete. It was only recently that I comprehended the importance of having, and of course building, a professional network. With today’s far-reached globalisation, social networks are an important means of staying in touch. Be it with friends who’ve moved elsewhere or old colleagues or acquaintances or old school and college mates. Whilst services such as Orkut or Ryze or Batchmates can come in handy for those purposes, over the years they have become much of an open playground sort of thing. It was fun initially but pretty soon the euphoria and excitement died down!
That’s precisely why you won’t find me regular on those sites anymore. I just hope that LinkedIn will be different from those, given its professionalism and the fact that almost all the members are looking for professional contacts and like-minded information ( and not while away their time in scrapping others 👿 ). So I got down to fill-in my LinkedIn profile and make a start in the network-building exercise.
If you too are on LinkedIn, then click on the button below and drop me a line whenever feasible. Lets Link-In 😛
2 thoughts on “I’m on LinkedIn”
Linkedin is a very effective networking website around today. In fact, its the only networking site that makes real sense.
The Yahoo/Gmail/Hotmail/mail importer is a very unique and useful feature, even though it may have its security side effects.
By the way, did you read about the Linkedin founder’s Midas Touch? Every company he starts/co-founds has become a big success!
I’m starting to explore it further and building contacts and recommendations along the way. Couldn’t find a Hotmail Importer (Gmail,Yahoo, AOL were there!) though!
Whatz ur ID on LinkedIn?