I’ve been a user and fan of LinkedIn since early 2003, shortly after its launch (I was member #2,369). It has since grown to almost 7 million members, making it the world’s largest virtual business network.
I believe that much of the reason for that growth is that LinkedIn does, overall, a very good job of delivering on its promise of being an efficient, time-conservative way of maintaining and leveraging your network of contacts. While you can certainly spend a lot of time there if you so choose, it has a strong appeal to busy professionals who understand the value of their network and want to be of service to the people they know and trust, but don’t want to spend a lot of time “networking”.
What I realized recently is that while there are dozens of excellent resources for the more highly active LinkedIn power users, there wasn’t really a source that delivered information with the same kind of efficiency that appeals to the majority of LinkedIn users.
So that’s what I’m hoping to create here. I monitor major news sources, blogs and a number of LinkedIn-related discussion groups and try to separate the wheat from the chaff, just giving you the focused information you need to make better use of LinkedIn. I’ve set up categories so that you can keep up with just the kind of information you’re looking for.
I’ll be adding features to this site constantly and will announce as I do. I’ll also soon be offering LinkedIn educational events. Stay tuned to this space for more! I especially welcome your comments, links from your blog, etc.
I’d like to make a special thanks to Konstantin Guericke of LinkedIn, Vincent Wright of MyLinkedInPowerForum, Liz Ryan of WorldWIT, and my coauthor David Teten for their support and encouragement in the creation of this site.