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This is the first in a series of Personal Brand Audits, where we’ll make sure you’re keeping the touch points of your personal brand fresh and up to date. LinkedIn is an absolutely vital part of your personal branding efforts online. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, start by reading Dan Schawbel’s How to Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn . Personal Brand Audit: LinkedIn 1. Is your headshot up to date?
From Facebook to Twitter to You Tube, there’s no limit to the number of social networking sites that can be leveraged to interact with customers and prospects, and build positive brand awareness. LinkedIn , however, stands apart from the crowd. The roots of popular sites like YouTube and Facebook are founded on the entertainment side of things.
Image via Google Out of all the questions I get asked around LinkedIn by far the number one question is, “What do I say to someone I don’t know to invite them into my network.” Following are a couple of examples you can use. Feel free to change them so they compliment your own personal style.
Great LinkedIn invitations? Are they really that big a deal? Sure, canned messages are lame , but inviting someone to connect via LinkedIn (or any other social networking site) is just a simple matter of record-keeping.
As the year comes to a close, it is time to look back, before looking forward to 2010, at all of the informative and insightful blog posts that the world has created in the past 365 days concerning LinkedIn. LinkedIn itself, while beginning 2009 at a slow start, ended the year announcing 50 million members , integrating with Twitter , a new user interface , and a n opening up of their platform . Not to mention that they refined and improved upon the most valuable piece of their social networking platform, the Advanced People Search.
Jessica Faye Carter is an award-winning author and columnist. Her company, Nette Media develops social media technologies for women and multicultural communities, and she blogs at Technicultr . With over 50 million users , LinkedIn continues to be among the most popular social networking sites for business professionals, offering a variety of features for its users. One such feature, Groups, allows members the opportunity to create and manage groups focused on a wide range of business-related subjects, and some of the largest groups have hundreds of thousands of members and rival many niche social networks outside of LinkedIn in terms of size and activity. Groups offer valuable networking opportunities for their participants, who gain access to resources and information that can be beneficial for their careers.
LinkedIn is hoping to let its users tap into their professional network across the Web. On Monday, LinkedIn will make its technology available to software developers who want to use it in their own sites and applications. By incorporating information about someone’s professional profile and connections, LinkedIn can make those sites more useful, said Adam Nash, LinkedIn’s vice president of search and platform products. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s chief executive, has said he wants the site to be the hub of all conversations about business on the Web. LinkedIn’s recent partnership with Twitter was one step in that direction, and this is another. As more businesses use Web-based applications for professional communication, LinkedIn wants to be there, Mr.
CIO — LinkedIn and Twitter announced a partnership on Monday that will allow you to tweet your LinkedIn status or stream your tweets to your LinkedIn profile. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone called called this "bringing the peanut butter and the chocolate together to make the perfect combination." This partnership cuts down on your time spent visiting multiple sites to post status updates and allows you to reach a broader audience. Have a question about open source? Now both your LinkedIn connections and Twitter followers can weigh in at once. Do be wary of your two audiences, though.
Professional social network LinkedIn is showing a little Microsoft love today. In conjunction with the announcement of the beta of Microsoft’s Office 2010 at its Professional Developer Conference, LinkedIn and Microsoft have partnered to offer an add-on that integrates much of your LinkedIn contact information with your Outlook contacts. The add-on to Outlook will provide professional and social context to any Outlook users everyday email experience. When you received an email from a contact who happens to be a member of LinkedIn, Outlook will show a collapsible pane that will show information on what the contact’s latest activity is on Linkedin. So in Outlook, you’ll be able to see a picture of contacts (pulled from their Linkedin profile), who they have recently connected to on the network, and any status updates they’ve posted on the site.