Des’ post on his blog further highlighted other posts to read and other networks worth considering – which are sub-networks of LinkedIn. One is for bloggers. It is with yahoogroups and, of course, I joined them to find out more about LinkedIn and Bloggers in general.
When you get invited to join networks of this kind it is worth doing the homework and exploring. I’ve been invited to join many and you don’t always see what’s under the surface on first look. So perhaps seeking out articles, Q&As or people who have been using those networks for awhile is an ideal way of learning more. The more I read the more I realise that I have been missing what LinkedIn is all about and it is a good way of remaining connected, or being reconnected, with people you have worked with in the past. Let’s face it, we all know that often it’s not what you know, but who you know when connecting in business. If you’re good at what you do, and people know it, they will refer you to others if they have the ability to do so. LinkedIn will help assist that process.
One thing that Stan was asked that I had also been concerned about and that was the possibility of spammers. He told the listener that LinkedIn is about connections with existing relationships, either direct or through someone else you know. Anyone found doing the wrong thing can be reported. And I doubt that will go down very well if people are working at building a profile to help develop business or career options.
Why not go back and explore it again? And if you wish, you are welcome to ask to be connected with me via LinkedIn – my profile can be found below.