Business Connections in LinkedIn
A couple of years ago, a client sent me an invitation to LinkedIn, a business connection website. To be polite, I joined, but never visited the site again, and didn't make any further connections.
A few months ago, I looked at LinkedIn again. I can't remember why -- maybe someone else invited me to connect, or I saw it mentioned in a blog post somewhere. I searched a few names, found people who I know, and sent them invitations to connect.
I still didn't see much value in the website, but visited about once a week, to see what people were up to, and to try to find a few more old contacts.
New Features Added
LinkedIn also has groups that you can join. Some are invitation only, and others are public. The groups were an interesting way to find other people with similar interests, such as Excel Users, but not much use beyond that.
Recently though, discussions were added to the groups, so people can post a comment or question, and other members of the group can respond. Finally, there's some value in belonging to the groups, if members are active in the discussions.
I'm in an alumni group, and a couple of Excel groups, and the discussions are lively and interesting. I visit a couple of times a week, and have made a few new contacts through the group discussions.
What will I do with all these contacts? Who knows? Maybe they'll lead to consulting opportunities, or resources when I'm stuck on a project.
Find Me at LinkedIn
You can find my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/debradalgleish and let me know if you're in there too. If you're in LinkedIn, perhaps you'll let me know what value you find there, if any.