Tagged 'LinkedIn'

Legolas, Get the LinkedIn Map

Posted by Tara Meehan on February 26th, 2014 at 9:33 am

Imagine you are Legolas, an Elf of the Woodland Realm, and you have just watched a close friend, Gandalf the Grey, fall into the cavernous depths. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately depending on your mindset, you manage to escape physically unscathed. Now, imagine that buddy of yours is a LinkedIn connection and that aforementioned mountainous black hole is your untapped social network. You have no idea what it contains or how deep it goes. All you know is that it has no clear beginning and no definitive end. You are, for the sake of this exercise, Legolas without the map. Your cool arrows will do you no good without a place to point and shoot. But don’t panic Orlando Bloom, there is hope. Your network need not be your personal Mordor. Legolas, get the LinkedIn map!
Though LinkedIn Maps has been a feature of the social network for several years, many users are still unaware that they have a map. Not only do all LinkedIners have one, it is a tremendous Jackson Pollack-esque visualization of your ever expanding natural market. If Legolas were on LinkedIn, I’d imagine he would have many arrow makers, dwarfs, and Cate Blanchett in his network. That would... Read more

Making the Most Out of LinkedIn

Posted by Emily Weeks on February 11th, 2014 at 9:55 am

Do you have a LinkedIn account? If the answer is yes, continue on. If no, stop what you’re doing (presumably reading this blog post), and take 5 minutes to create an account – trust me – you’ll thank me in the future.
Now, safely assuming everyone reading this has a LinkedIn account, the question remains: “How can I make the most out of my time on it?” It doesn’t have the entertainment appeal of Facebook or Twitter, it doesn’t have the visual appeal of Instagram or Pinterest. Truth be told, it might not be the social media site you spend hours a day on. But that being said, the value you get out of 30 minutes on LinkedIn may be far greater than the 2 hours you spend mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed.
One of the downfalls of LinkedIn is its connotation—people often think of it as just an online resume – but it’s much, much more than that. While it does serve this purpose, it also functions as an online networking portal, a news source, and a search engine for individuals, companies and even jobs themselves. After all, it is the world’s largest professional network. Did you know LinkedIn is... Read more

Confessions of a LinkedIn Connections Hoarder

Posted by Tara Meehan on July 11th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I was recently watching a Hoarders marathon with a shameless degree of righteous indignation. There is something oddly comforting in seeing someone struggle with whether or not to throw away a laundry receipt from 1974. After running the DVR well dry, I took my better than an elderly woman with an extreme doll collection attitude to LinkedIn. I felt so great about myself, so superior – until it hit me. I was actually no better than that hoarding granny. I was a connections hoarder.
Though it’s not a disease categorized by the American Psychological Association, LinkedIn Connections Hoarding (LCH) is a growing epidemic within social media circles. As it turns, I am not immune. What are the signs that you may have LCH?

Increased Signs of 1st Degree Non-Recognition – This occurs when you sift through your connections and realize you have never seen or heard of many of them
Swelling of the Contacts Count – Symptoms include having too many connections to effectively and personally engage with and cold sweats caused by having way more than 500+ connections and not knowing exactly what to do with them
Lingering Soreness and Irritation – This is often attributed to seeing hiring managers and bosses who... Read more

LinkedIn Listened: Contacts and Visual Profile Establish Order

Posted by Dan Roche on May 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

It is possible LinkedIn may have taken my advice. In a previous blog post of mine, “Is Linkedin Turning Into MySpace?, I said LinkedIn needed to give itself a makeover, to establish order and institute more credibility. In my opinion, LinkedIn resembled MySpace’s disjointed and overpopulated site design.
Now, it looks like LinkedIn is trying to change this perception with LinkedIn Contacts and the recently released visual profile.
LinkedIn Contacts
The new LinkedIn Contacts app creates interesting new options for its users, with a more integrated and richly developed version of the original LinkedIn. As I mentioned previously, over the past few years, the average users’ account has gotten muddled with acquaintances and people they barely know. This add-on app allows the ‘power’ user to focus more on the real details of the people they know well and/or want to focus on. I liken it in many ways to the dashboard function of a CRM. The integration of the app with Outlook, Google, Yahoo and others means that people have access to a cross reference of information, can create calendar reminders and focus more on making quality contact. Also, because this is a separate application, LinkedIn Contacts offers additional functionality without further cluttering... Read more

It’s Just Business (Is Just Plain Stupid)

Posted by Keith Pape on April 11th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I’ll let you in on a little secret; I love Romantic Comedies, a.k.a. ‘Chick Flicks.’  I’d appreciate it if you didn’t tell anyone else.  The title of this article comes from the Tom Hanks - Meg Ryan classic, You’ve Got Mail.  For Tom and Meg, it was about Tom’s conglomerate book store chain taking over cute little Meg Ryan’s family store and his journey to understand what was really important.  It’s a lesson that I try to apply daily, but lately, I’ve been feeling frustrated. I didn’t even realize it until I received a LinkedIn invitation from someone today that snapped me out of my mood; it included a really nice introductory message.  I didn’t know this person in any way, online or offline, but we made a one-way connection through a recent article I wrote for iMedia; you can read it here.  Her simple message showed me that she cared enough about the connection to take an extra moment to write a personal note. It gave me a reason to accept his invitation.
Why did I have such a reaction to this simple message?  Because, although I always send them (ALWAYS), I almost NEVER get an introductory message on my... Read more