I have been a member of the online networking site LinkedIn for several years but I wasn’t using it. If someone invited me to join their network and I knew them – I would click and agree. That was about it. Recently I decided to take a closer look and this appears to be a very useful networking platform to not only have your own network – but also to expand your network to new people who are in related professions, geographic area or who are related through your own contacts.
After you have your free registration – you login using your email address and password. Your HOME page tracks recent activity – new connections you have made, links to people you might know – based on logic related to your profile contents, new connections that your network of people has made.
It is very easy to add new connections from your address book. I was very leery of doing this as I dislike applications that take all your data and just blast out an email to everyone. However I did a small test and it is very easy to use and lets you pick and choose who you will invite, add your own personalized messages – and you have a tracking page to see who has accepted your invitations, or any email addresses that didnt work.
If you haven’t tried it yet – it is worth a look. http://www.linkedin.com