I feel very connected to my social networking sites. First, there’s Twitter. I check Twitter in the early morning, I’m tweeting most of the day (unless I’m in meetings or it’s the weekend with family) and then I’m logged back in at night to tweet with friends. My second favorite social networking site is Facebook. There’s so much to do and many interesting ways to engage in conversation. And, even though I liked the old Facebook better, I’m still a big fan. I also enjoy sharing photos on Flickr and I’m finding more people to connect with on FriendFeed and Plaxo. But, there’s one social networking site that deserves recognition. What about LinkedIn? Well that’s a very good question.
I sent out a tweet today, which was answered by about 20 people. I asked the following question: Besides Twitter and other microblogging sites, what is your favorite social networking site? About half of my followers replied and others sent me DMs (I thank them all for their participation). Out of all the responses, only one person said LinkedIn. Here are some of the tweets (and quite frankly what I expected to see):
@dbreakenridge for me it would be Flickr
@dbreakenridge I’ve grown surprisingly fond of Facebook. Since that’s probably a boring answer, I’ll say that I also love storytlr.
@dbreakenridge LinkedIn is my professional face… Facebook is my home side.
@dbreakenridge Sl Second Life is my fav site before I got into twitter
Have you checked out LinkedIn lately? I’ve been more active recently than in the past because I think the network has come a long way. There’s more to LinkedIn than the usual activities such as making connections, answering questions and recommendations. I’m finding some great features that I never used before and I’m discovering that they are very useful. These features allow me to interact with new people and to expand my network.
Recently I’ve joined a few groups. However, two groups of note include Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding Network and PR News Group. I try to engage when I can in both groups by commenting or answering questions, but even if I don’t get the opportunity to jump into the conversation, I find the discussions very interesting and often tweet about the topics giving a reference back to the groups. Prior to my group experience on LinkedIn, I never found the network to be dynamic.
LinkedIn also allows you to use an application that is connected to your WordPress blog. I now have my PR 2.0 strategies appearing on my profile every time I update with a new post and I can use an application that allows me to see blog posts from my network. LinkedIn has come a long way. It’s been around since 2002, so if you haven’t been active, you may want to check it out again.
What do you think about LinkedIn? Are you finding it useful?