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May. 12th, 2011

09:09 pm - LinkedIn

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Date:May 12th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I wrote an article about my LinkedIn policy.

basically for me it is a way of social networking (or CRM-ing) the people I might potentially do work with. This includes those friends of mine who I talk technology with, those I went to college with, but doesn't automatically include those I drink with, or go to SF conventions with.

Some people build up a network to help them with future career changes. But I run my own company so I am essentially after potential clients, or collaborators.

It also lets me separate my personal life from my business life - a bit.
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Date:May 13th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
I'm with Alex. LinkedIn for me is a CRM for all the interesting people I meet, it lets me remember who I met, and where often, without having to store mountains of contact details which may or may nor go out of date. It's not perfect but its a good start. Particularly for conferences it's great. I often meet people who I'd love to catch up with again and Liked-In allows me to 'keep track' of them in a non-invasive manner.

I don't 'interact' with it much but my tweets automatically become my statuses on LinkedIN and that has had some surprising results.

-I tweeted asking if anyone knew anything about pulling sleds (for training/competitions) and within 1/2 an hour someone I had met a year ago and not seen since had put me in touch with three polar explorers!

-I tweeted looking for conference venues near Reading and someone who works for one of my clients, who I have only ever dealt with by email of phone reminded me of a great one and had the contact details for me.

-I tweeted how much I was enjoying the river Spey and the resulting conversation on LinkedIn ended with the offer of borrowing a house in the Pyrenees from someone I have only met once at a conference!

So much like "real world" networking, its about meeting interesting people and keeping loosely in touch with them so they can help you AND CRITICALLY, you can help them.

I use FB much less. I find it annoying and frustraing and full of trivialities.
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Date:May 13th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
In theory I have a personal and a work LiveJournal account. alexmc and alexmc_tech

I am thinking of doing the same for twitter.

If I do then I would also want my alexmc_tech tweets to become LinkedIn statuses
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