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Are you LinkedIn? Yet?

February 28, 2008 by sudsurf


LinkedIn …. Are YOU there?

What perhaps started out as a site to encourage networking with the premise of finding the right job for the many passive job seekers out there, has today beome the hottest business networking site. So much so that if you don’t have a LI profile, you really haven’t arrived. Their philosophy is simple. “Relationships Matter”  and the numbers speak for themselves.

An online network of more than 19 million people from 150 industries and growing…. wowiekazowie…. hey that sure is big and India seems to be growing exponentially over other countries. So how does that help me? or YOU?

For one, its a fantastic place to get noticed. They have fab features and the online pool available to help you with your questions (one of the coolest sections on LI) is worth checking out.

While I check the great Q and A page almost daily, (I have a personal selection of bookmarked answers that I refer to often) I have been so impressed with the quality of answers online at times, that I wanted to present these together at one place to share with like minded people.

Zale Tabakman has done exactly that and an awesome job at it. I LinkedIn with Zale some time back and loved the feature on his website where he talks about “Success though Balance” Don’t miss his presentation on how to use LinkedIn. His latest post also mentions my response on one of his questions, which is cool. Great idea Zale.

Closer home, Ajay Jain has just finished writing a book on “Lets Connect: using LinkedIn to get ahead at work” You can read some of the excerpts and learn from the fab stuff he’s presented. Hope to get my hands on his book and review it. He has been instrumental in starting (perhaps the first) LinkedIn Face 2 Face meet (Linkedin f2f) and hopes to collaborate from his network. Great work!!

Besides the many ways you learn and benefit from being on LinkedIn, you also get to grow your professional network and come in contact with some amazing think tanks.

So are YOU on LinkedIn? Yet? I am!!!

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Let’s Connect: Using LinkedIn to get ahead at work

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LinkedIn is the hottest professional networking site going around, and millions are benefiting from using it around the world.

In his book, Let’s Connect: Using LinkedIn to get ahead at work, Ajay Jain talks of how you too can get this site to work for you. Full of interviews and testimonials to support his analysis and opinion, this book is a must-read for all kinds of professionals.

This page gives you more information about the book including how to order.

Sample Chapters

Click on the links below to read some of the sample chapters. If you like these, you are surely going to like to rest of the book too. You may order here if you do.

All these chapters are downloadable PDF files (size varying from 22-70k each)

  1. Introduction: The LinkedIn Edge & About this book (Pages 7-9)
  2. Your ever expanding Rolodex (Pages 53-64)
  3. LinkedIn Answers: A Global Focus Group (Pages 73-84)
  4. Branding & Marketing Yourself (Pages 105-112)
  5. Finding a job you love (Pages 121-130)

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February 27 2008

LinkedIn Revamps Design, Adds Status Updates

Mark Hendrickson


Thursday morning LinkedIn will roll out a new site-wide design featuring a tab-less header and a persistent left column with personal, account-related options.

LinkedIn is also adding status updates with which users can broadcast their current activities (professional or otherwise) to their connections and/or networks.

Just as when the company added portraits, these updates feel like an attempt to mimic Facebook. The new design bestows upon LinkedIn a similar layout to Facebook’s, with the page divided into a header, a thin left column, and a wide right one. Facebook has also had featured status updates for quite some time.

There are differences, of course, between the two. LinkedIn has decided to place a box at the bottom of the left column that continually reminds you how many connections you have, how many people have recently joined your network, what your status is, and more. The homepage will also have modules that you’ll be able to drag around to reorder.

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February 26, 2008 1:41 PM PST

Bill Gates to get LinkedIn

Just a short while after abandoning Facebook due to being overwhelmed with friend requests, Bill Gates plans to experiment on rival service LinkedIn.

On Thursday, the Microsoft Chairman will post a question related to “how technology can be better utilized for charitable causes” to LinkedIn’s entire 19 million members. I’m interested to see whether Gates finds LinkedIn scales to someone of his stature any better than Facebook.

The move comes as part of a set of announcements that LinkedIn plans to make on Thursday. A pitch from LinkedIn noted the company will have a revamped home page to show off as well as a “notable advertising announcement.” They declined to say whether said announcement is with Microsoft, however.

Microsoft provides ad-serving to Facebook thanks to a sizeable investment in Facebook, while Google has an exclusive and pricey deal with MySpace. Google recently noted challenges in getting social networking deals to pay off.

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Steven is your connection (1st-degree)

Steven Burda, MBA

Senior Financial Analyst ● SunGard Data Systems ● Open Networker ● 11,000+ direct connections ● burda.mba(at)gmail.com

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Why Join Groups on Linkedin? — Business AND Pleasure?

Dear Friends, Classmates, Colleagues, & Linkedin Member Community –

Being a well-connected Open Networker and loyal Linkedin member, I have created, maintained and managed several dozens of groups here on Linkedin Groups. The groups range from Alumni and Corporate association, to Networking and General Interest networks. The primary function of these groups is to get back in touch and keep contact with past/current colleagues, classmates and friends, as well as connect with other trusted individuals and interesting, innovative and trustworthy connections. Although I admit that some groups are more active than others, we do share interesting conversations, engage in strategic conversations or stimulating idea-sharing, and offer observations, advices and support to one another. Feel free to contact me or join the groups per URL below.

Link to my Group list, in six (6) .pdf pages:


Thank you, and have a wonderful day!

– Steven Burda | burda.mba @ gmail.com

P.S. In my opinion, Linkedin is the greatest asset in today’s virtual professional networking world. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns about using Linkedin to your advantage, see the FAQ section or feel free to contact me as I have couple of years under my belt in using Linkedin. I’m not affiliated with them directly, but as a dedicated member, I’d be more than happy to discuss this with you in greater detail. Have fun!

Clarification added 19 days ago:

Recently, a blog was posted by Ted Hopton, titled “Index of Groups on LinkedIn”


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William Lim is a 3rd-degree contact

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Thank you for making your list available. I find the lack of a way to search for groups and the woefully deficient groups directory absolutely bizarre for such a “power” networking site.

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Hi Steve, thanks for the list! I just started creating groups on LI. I too find the lack of a way to search for a group to be a downfall of LI, but instead I’ll search for the types of individuals that would be in the group I want to join and see if I can find it that way.

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Brett A. Scudder

President/CEO, The Technology Suite, Inc. / The IT Security Suite Network “TITSSN”

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Mr. Burma,

Thank you for sharing this info. Yes, the limitation of a group search is a major problem but the approval process should mitigate any conflicts if any.

I would hope that even if the search feature is not available, LinkedIn would publish an updated monthly groups list.

Keep up the good work, much appreciloved.

~Brett A. Scudder~

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I’d like to know how you manage to use groups for discussions. That would be a wonderful capability, but I can’t find it. Don’t know how you’d measure activity otherwise. Cheers!

Clarification added 27 days ago:

Steven, I know you have tried to answer this question, but I must be thick or something. I don’t get it. I see no way within LinkedIn itself to start a discussion within a Group. <snif, snivel>

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Linkedin is a great virtual networking tool, short of actually going out and meeting people face-to-face and exchanging business cards, this venue offers the opportunity to exchange strategic ideas with a much larger base of professionals from a variety of fields. I’ve only been a member for the past 2 months and I particularly like occasionally posting answers on the Answers page.

Definitely a great tool for someone looking for work (me!) to be seen and recognized, albeit in a virtual world. I’d like to ask you though, Steven, if you know of anyone who actually was able to get a great job simply by networking in Linkedin rather than the normal process of sending applications on the Jobs & Hiring page.

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I agree that Linkedin is an excellent networking resource to be involved in. With the steady popularity and increase in social networking popularity, Linked in fits in perfectly with the business professional networking environment. I use Linked in for connecting with current business contacts to build and develop relationships to further levels, to meet new contact opportunities and create relationships, and to create awareness within a thriving community of my own work and interests. I have had opportunities for work and expansion and met some amazing professionals. Linked in provides all of the resources that a social professional needs to be successful and to continue to grow!


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Once I actually found groups that were active my LinkedIn experience became extremely positive.

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LI is a great professional networking site, Steve. I quite agree with you. The possibilities are many. I am sure it keeps you visible, may perhaps get you an offer and stimulates you to engage yourself in healthy discussions.

While I have created a Group myself, I find myself sorely handicapped because there is no facility on LI to send a mass communique to one’s Group members, start topics or put up a discussion board.

Or is there an option and I am looking in the wrong place? Guidance of all LI pros is welcome.

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Arun Sinha is a 2nd-degree contact

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Lets ask the birds..shall we?
They do so naturally dont they?

Now dont go and retort and say no wonder they are bird brained!

They did not coin this adage….Humans did.

” Birds of the same feather flock together”


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I don’t understand why it is hard for LinkedIn to list all the groups and make them searchable. They could just add a Google search button.

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I agree with Christopher. As a paying member, I utilize most of the networking groups and features, maintain daily activity for personal and professional reasons. I love the tool, however it seems that LI would create a tool (at least as a bonus for the high usuage fees they charge) for group communications and grouped contact communications. This would eliminate my mult tasking between programs and email accounts. Yeah, the ole “cut and paste” method is fine, but with 400+ personal contacts, this gets time consuming. In the world of technology, for goodness sake, somebody develop the integration tool and share with LI! lol

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Steve are you saying I can have all the fun I want????!?!?!?!!?!?

I just have to find the groups that I like is all,like the flakes and the fall out flakes… hey I am in them already

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Bryan Shields is a 2nd-degree contact

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Thank you for creating this group list. Like I’m sure many are saying I don’t understand why there isn’t a directory of LinkedIn groups especially since in order to join a group you just need to click on the logo and request permission to be added. Without starting my own group I’m definitely looking for groups that are related to organizations/individuals in my local area.


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Joining a group is the 1st step to great networking. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m a LI ‘neophyte’ and have not found a way to open discussion within the groups I belong to other than to pose a question.

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I think Linked is awesome; Although new ( about two weeks) I connected with a whole slew of business partners through contacts I didn’t even know I had. It’s funny how data can be reinterpreted in so many ways. I’ll never go back to old school business cards again!

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As others are saying I a also frustrated with the fact that there is no way to search for groups.
It can help you business and it is also for pleasure.

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Aaron Jones- LION- 1900+ is your connection (1st-degree)

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I also find it important to join groups for business and pleasure. Since joining linkedin I have met a vast number of very knowledgeable people and learned a great deal.
I had stumbled across your groups listing before, and used it to join half of the groups that I am in currently. Thanks!

Is there someone to talk to or email about linkedin groups being searcheable through the site?

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I agree with Mr. Lim. LI needs a way to search for groups. I also get invited sometimes to groups with extremely similar names. The list should include a brief description of the group’s purpose.

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This is a great work from you. I always wanted to find out all the groups that are available. can we create some kind of mechanism to enhance this list?

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LinkedIn In No Rush For IPO

LinkedIn In No Rush For IPO

Executives are very happy with the online business network’s current momentum and growth.

FRANKFURT, Jan 24 – Online business network LinkedIn has opened its first office outside the United States, in London, and the new head of its European operations told Reuters the company was in no rush to float on the stock market.

“It’s not on our roadmap. It’s not on our radar — 2009, 2010, it’s somewhere on the horizon out in that time,” Kevin Eyres said in a telephone interview.

Eyres said LinkedIn was very happy with its current backers, who include Sequoia Capital — an early investor in Apple, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL) — and Greylock.

“It’s about momentum and growth. That’s what we’re focused on right now. A capital event like an IPO would just get in the way,” he said.

The fast-growing phenomenon of social networks is attracting intense interest from investors. Teen network MySpace, which now has about 110 million members, was bought by News Corp. in 2005 for $580 million.

Last October, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook that valued the platform — which has half as many users as MySpace — at $15 billion.

Eyres said Silicon Valley-based LinkedIn expected to double its number of members, currently 18 million, this year, and should grow faster in Europe, where it has more than five million members, mostly in Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands.


LinkedIn seeks to distance itself from the likes of Facebook with a more sober, professional approach and by giving members a high degree of control over their profiles.

“We don’t want to have pictures of you drunk on your holidays. We’re not into photo-sharing. You can put one picture of yourself up there, that’s it. It’s really about managing your own personal brand in a professional way on the Web,” he said.

“I think in 2008 people will start to see the difference between social networking and professional networking.”

The company announced the opening of its London office on Thursday.

“LinkedIn has seen outstanding growth in Europe in the past year, and by opening an office in London we expect to accelerate our momentum and better serve our users in the European market,” Chief Executive Dan Nye said in a statement.

Eyres, who previously ran the international operations of Internet search company Alta Vista and began his career at computer maker Compaq, said LinkedIn would adopt a more aggressive and direct approach to marketing in Europe.

He said he had a “healthy” budget for marketing, without elaborating. Until now, LinkedIn has grown purely virally through word of mouth and invitations from within the network.

“We’re going to see more engagement with the users,” Eyres said, adding that members would be invited to participate in events both on- and offline.

“In the U.S., people do business over the phone, through email. It’s perfectly normal never to meet someone you’ve done business with. In Europe, that’s really unusual. It’s much more of a personal interaction that people want to have.”

Eyres, who has lived in London for eight years, said he was initially looking to hire six staff in marketing, public relations, business development and sales.

The company as a whole, which now employs about 220 people, would likely hire another 150 or more this year, he said.

Eyres said LinkedIn was working on offering its services in languages other than English some time this year, and would more likely do this alone or with partners than through acquisitions.

“No specific dates but that’s well underway,” he said. “Our primary focus right now is to take our product and localise it. We’ll use partners. We’re not ruling out any acquisitions but that’s not our primary path.”

LinkedIn’s main European competitor in online professional networking, Xing, offers services in 16 languages to its more than 4 million members.

Eyres dismissed the idea that the two could merge. “I would say it’s highly unlikely. It’s definitely nothing that’s on the radar,” he said.

Eyres added that LinkedIn planned to offer additional services that would strengthen its core business since opening up its network to outside software developers.

An early such deal with BusinessWeek magazine last month enables users to hover over a company name in an article with their mouse and track down people connected with the company who are LinkedIn members.

“We see this as a great service that you could roll out all over the place,” Eyres said. (Editing by Quentin Bryar)
By: Georgina Prodhan, European Technology Correspondent
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