First of all, thanks to everyone who participated in our first session on LinkedIn. It was great presenting to such an enthusiastic group, and with so many questions! And of course, we’ve suggested lots of places to look for answers around issues and concerns not covered during the session. For example, start by googling “wiki, Linkedin” and you’ll have more factual data than you really want.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, LinkedIn currently has over 360 million users, with millions more joining every month. And you know that it is a serious business when it employs well over 6,000 people, who work on developing and supporting more resources for their customer base.
Though especially important for entrepreneurial networking, LinkedIn is equally important for regular job seekers too.
How significant is LinkedIn? Put it this way: millions have now replaced a traditional resume with a QR code to their LinkedIn profile included on their business card. Furthermore, within this huge 360 million-strong and growing network, you’ll certainly find people that you know. Hopefully, you’ll realize that there are at least some of them where it could be beneficial for you to reach out and do some networking.
LinkedIn is now your means to make that happen. Sign up, get your profile up to scratch. Then, Recommend and endorse friends that you encounter. Next, ask for the same from them. Doing this builds your credibility in a very transparent and even exponential way. Finally, start joining a few special interest groups that really fit your passion, and get even more visible.
LinkedIn Accessibility? As with Facebook, LinkedIn’s accessibility has improved hugely. They have done a good job in terms of “getting it” as far as disability is concerned. You know this because LinkedIn’s now director of Accessibility, Jennison Asuncion, who, aside from being Canadian, just happens to be blind. Jennison created the Accessibility Camp movement, starting in Toronto. There are now Accessibility Camps #a11yWherever springing up all over the place. It’s all about inclusive design, and look where it got Jennison, making that point.
Linkedin access from computer web browsers has improved a lot. The problem has to do more with the overwhelming array of information that is presented on one screen. But it can be managed with the right combination of header navigation and tabbing.
The iPhone LinkedIn app has gotten very good, so that it is now the easiest way to do most things, except for ones that don’t work on the mobile apps anyway.
“Connected” and “Pulse” are two other iOS LinkedIn apps.
Connected is like a quick rolodex of all your contacts, complete with updates if you have them turned on.
Pulse is a multi-channel news feed that you can set up to follow only the professionals or top influencers that you care about.
The Hadley School has LinkedIn webinars and other info available from http://www.hadley.edu
Bookshare: http://www.bookshare.org has lots of LinkedIn and other social media books, downloadable in full daisy format.
CNIB Library: http://www.cniblibrary.ca has a few books, not sure if full daisy or not. Full daisy versions are better for study purposes because of MarkUp features. These make for quick and easy navigation throughout the book..
Audible. http://www.audible.com has books.. Currently reading “Making The Most of LinkedIn”.