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More LinkedIn.com Observations

January 4th, 2007
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Now I’ve written about LinkedIn.com and online social networks before, but once again I returned to the site after a few days or weeks absence and I noticed a few new things. One is the addition of LinkedIn Answers both to the homepage and as a new navigational tab. This prominent new feature which allows you to poll your extended network for help and advice is not without its’ liabilities. Some people have taken to ‘spamming’ or posting less than well thought out queries, there are even threads online already on how to prevent this.
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Presumably people who become a problem will find their network shrinking, which leads to my next observation. When looking through my contacts I noticed that in addition to invitations for me to add more additional contacts was a text box and link showing me how to remove a contact. This is something I’d looked to do before and is a common feature of online social networks. There is no reason a business relationship can’t blow up spectacularly right down to petty acts of retribution.

Sad but true.


  • Guy Kawasaki has a post about how to make the best use of LinkedIn.com rather than start a new posting I’ll just put the link here where no one will see it.

    Seriously I link to Guy all the time, I even left a lengthy comment on his blog just now while catching up on my RSS feeds.

    Read Guy’s Blog

  • Guy Kawasaki has a post about how to make the best use of LinkedIn.com rather than start a new posting I’ll just put the link here where no one will see it.

    Seriously I link to Guy all the time, I even left a lengthy comment on his blog just now while catching up on my RSS feeds.

    Read Guy’s Blog

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  • I’ve been using LinkedIn regularly, I’ve found several old UVIC Computer Science students who’ve joined and gotten back in touch with them. Of late they’ve all been wee Chinese lasses, I’m not sure I should have typed that, it probably won’t help my reputation. Jasmine wrote

    hey, you sound a bit down, not like that up beat Muskie I knew back in
    school.

    in her last email and I’ve yet to reply to that…

    In addition to reconnecting and checking for job postings, I’ve also been browsing and participating in LinkedIn Answers. I don’t know how many questions I’ve answered, I try to answer when I have something real to contribute, rather than just a token sentence. One thing I did notice is there is a rating system, so if you try to spam LinkedIn Answers you can get spanked by your fellow system users.

    The person who asked the question, additionally can choose to contact people who answered even if they are outside their immediate network. Some people are using LinkedIn Answers for market research, networking, prospecting, etc. Me I’m just trying to help people out. Another thing the asker of the question can do is award “best answer” to someone. If you participate regularly and get numerous best answers I think they show up in your LinkedIn profile, or at least in LinkedIn somewhere.

    I got my first best answer the other day.

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  • I've been using LinkedIn regularly, I've found several old UVIC Computer Science students who've joined and gotten back in touch with them. Of late they've all been wee Chinese lasses, I'm not sure I should have typed that, it probably won't help my reputation. Jasmine wrote

    hey, you sound a bit down, not like that up beat Muskie I knew back in
    school.

    in her last email and I've yet to reply to that…

    In addition to reconnecting and checking for job postings, I've also been browsing and participating in LinkedIn Answers. I don't know how many questions I've answered, I try to answer when I have something real to contribute, rather than just a token sentence. One thing I did notice is there is a rating system, so if you try to spam LinkedIn Answers you can get spanked by your fellow system users.

    The person who asked the question, additionally can choose to contact people who answered even if they are outside their immediate network. Some people are using LinkedIn Answers for market research, networking, prospecting, etc. Me I'm just trying to help people out. Another thing the asker of the question can do is award “best answer” to someone. If you participate regularly and get numerous best answers I think they show up in your LinkedIn profile, or at least in LinkedIn somewhere.

    I got my first best answer the other day.

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