When it comes to online social networking, I do tend to be on the conservative side. I don't actively seek them out, but I'm happy to discover and to learn more.
I think this is partly due to the reason that at the moment, I still don't see a lot of benefit from them. Sure, I may meet more people. But, I realise that unless they become "real connections" (ie, not just connections for the sake of growing my network numbers), I can't seem to find any reason to spend a lot of time on them. At least, not yet.
But then, maybe I'm just missing something.
With this in mind, I decided to explore one particular online social networking service in particular - LinkedIn. I've been trying to work this out the last couple of weeks (even though I've been a member for about 2+ years now). That's why I'm finally publicising my LinkedIn profile and writing about it here.
So, if you're on LinkedIn and you want to connect, let me know. And, if you've been involved with my work in any way and you'd be happy to give me an endorsement, I'd appreciate that too - but it's not a requirement. 🙂
Anyway, I just want to be able to check here in 6 to 12 months' time and report if I've seen any benefit at all from being part of LinkedIn.
Right now, my basic stats show:
- 41 connections
- 2 endorsements
- 0 new connections (just LinkedIn-based)
- 0 reconnections (just found via LinkedIn)
- 0 job/consultation leads
- 0 sales/other business-related leads
- 0 media/expertise/PR leads
I'm not sure what other measures I'd like to see... But, these are a few things that I'd like to look in to anyway. Hopefully, all the 0s will change at some stage. 🙂
In any case, if you have LinkedIn success stories or rave reviews, please let me know. I'd love to read all about them.