Saturday, September 15, 2007

Are you LinkedIn?

One of my co-workers recently told me about a professional networking site called LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 14 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.

When I set up my free account at LinkedIn, I was surprised at how many people I knew who were already using the site.

I'm not sure yet how much practical benefit LinkedIn will be for me since I'm not currently seeking a job, but given my current job transition it seems like it might to be a helpful way to keep track of folks who might not send me an e-mail when they change jobs in the future. (Of course, there's always a risk that they might not update their Linkedin profile either.)

If any of you have a profile on Linkedin or decide to try setting one up, please be sure to send me an invite to be one of your links.

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