Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LinkedIn

I just joined LinkedIn. I don't really understand how it works or whether it is useful, but figured it is yet another portal to channel people to my professional website. I wish I could post a link here, but sorry that would blow my cover completely :) I'd appreciate any tips on how to use the site more effectively.

BTW in the last month this blog got 14 times as many visits as my professional site. But then there are more than 900 posts for people to hit on the blog and maybe 10 pages on the professional site.

6 comments:

Revanche said...

Also you've been around on this blog a lot longer, right? I'll pass along any tips I get from other folks on LinkedIn, I'm still acclimating myself to it.

Rafi said...

Apart from collecting an ever growing list of connections, I haven't found a use for it yet. "shlach lachmecha..." (Eccl.11:1)

mOOm said...

Ki berov hayamim timcaenu?

(Because in the fullness of days you will find it - the bread that you cast on the waters that is)

I had to look that up, but it sounds vaguely familiar.

mOOm said...

One of the useful things that Linkedin can do of course is that when people move as long as they update their contact details on Linkedin you can get all their new details from the website. That's useful. And people can find you more easily in a websearch, especially for those who don't have a big web presence otherwise. I don't know about all the business networking features. Probably not important in my "industry".

pfstock said...

I've pondered the question of whether an anonymous blogger can use LinkedIn. I think you probably can, but it might not be very effective. For example, I could send you an invitation to connect, but that would probably "blow my cover" as well as yours. One could create a LinkedIn pseudonym, but it is technically against their policy.

mOOm said...

I use other tools to try to attract people to my blog. Don't think I need LinkedIn. As far as people knowing who I am, my close family knows, which in one way is good and in another way limits some of the topics I might talk about regarding family finances. I wouldn't want colleagues which for somebody in my industry is a worldwide network to know all the details of my finances etc. I also wouldn't want potential identity thieves to have too much information. But I don't have many concerns about other serious personal finance bloggers knowing who I really am.