How many of you are REALLY using LinkedIn?
This is a relevant question, as many of my colleagues say agree: “Yes, I have a profile on LinkedIn, but I’m rarely logged in there and I’m defiantly not using it for communication. It’s just a place to put my professional profile.”
You are not Facebook
LinkedIn – You are not Facebook, although you try awfully hard to get Facebook-esq success in offering a rich social experience, bringing people and applications to its site. LinkedIn is NOT building professional networks, it’s has always been about recording and/or browsing networks. Building true relationships happens outside LinkedIn, not within the system. And to me that shows that the system is too rigid, not a valid part of the new Flowsociety. As the data store, it has value but since it’s a locked up system it offers less value.
LinkedIn – words of advice
Open up your system and let your data be a more active part of the flowsociety and other social networks, if not you will be left behind in the faster
and faster flow out there. Just imagine how it could be if you could download a CV through Facebook or Twitter very simple by just checking out a persons profile. Integration is on its way through Xobni or other add-ons to Outlook, but how interesting would it be to have the same integration in your Twitter client? And especially now when Google+ is generating higher results when you search for a person.. or a person with niche skills. Then you will be a significant part of the Flowsociety, the same as Twitter or Facebook.
For me, LinkedIn is too closed and restricted of a platform to fit in the World of today, where we’re entering the world of Flow, the Flowsociety! I think we will see more and more people updating their Google profiles with more significant information so it will be valid in the open and flowing world.