May 18, 2007

Linked In

I'm always amazed, when I go to the networking site Linked In, how many people I know are actually on there. I mean everyone from old creative directors to headhunters to friends from college who are now lawyers and bankers (and making lots more money than I am-- the I-bankers in particular.)

Most of them, I'm sure, wound up there the way I did: some casual acquaintance emailed me, asking me to join, and figuring I had nothing to lose, I signed on. A few more people found me and that was that.

There are a few people who really work Linked In, people who have several hundred "links." But by and large the magic number seems to be somewhere south of 10. So much for networking sites, huh?


Anonymous said...

Also seems like one of the few social media sites where people actually use their real names.

Alan Wolk said...

Yes, it's similar in a way to Friendster, only for business.

You can tell that the people with several hundred connections are just collecting names. It's useful, I'm finding when hiring or engaging freelancers- I can see who they know and check up on them ;)

Anonymous said...

I searched in vain and couldn't find any Tangerine Toad that I worked with in a previous life :)