Friday, March 21, 2008

My LinkedIn Network: 1 Million and Counting...

There are now more than one million (say it in a "Dr. Evil" voice) people who are two or fewer steps away from me on LinkedIn. My 125 immediate connections are for the most part people I actually know and have worked with. Some are people I've met once or talked to on the phone. There are a few strangers who invited me to connect and I agreed because we have something in common (industry, geography, etc.). Then there's my husband, my sister, and my cousin.

I know I've blogged about this before, but I couldn't resist reiterating the importance of leveraging online networking tools such as this one. Do it now so that your connections will be in place when you need them down the road. Plus, it's just fun seeing what all your old friends and coworkers are doing.

I can justify spending some work time on LinkedIn because I'm about to publish a book on this very topic. Seven Days to Online Networking is all about using LinkedIn, blogs, webfolios, and other Web 2.0 tools to enhance and advance your career. It's a short and sweet introduction to the topic that will get you up to speed in no time.


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Julie Cancio Harper said...

Lori, thanks for your coverage of LinkedIn. Last fall I found your blog with a topic word search at Google. Since I didn't know you, I searched your name at Google as well. And that is when I first found out about LinkedIn--through your profile!

I'm up to 50 connections and it is not just that I am more visible to colleagues in the publishing world. But now the publishing world is more visible to me--and I did not expect that.

I now have an expanded view of my place in the industry and I owe that you. THANK YOU!

You have also inspired me to start my own blog, which will open new doors in new ways.

Were it not for LinkedIn and your blog, I would not have met you and my work life and outlook would be very different this spring. Thank you for pointing the way and I look forward to seeing this new book.

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Lori Cates Hand said...

Hey, talk about making my day! I'm so glad to have helped you! Keep up the great work and I will be reading your blog!