| 12:35 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I-just-don't-see-it. Linkedin, especially, appears problematic. It is to "make new contacts, recruit employees or find experts in certain fields." To me, it looks like it is a-build-your own-website in a network.
I'm likely just showing my own ignorance.
| 1:05 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I think the jury is still out on LinkedIn. I personally haven't seen much utility in their "introduction" model (e.g., I want to reach "A" who could represent a business prospect, so I contact my friend B, who is linked to C, who knows D, who is a friend of my target A). That's a big stretch, IMO.
On the other hand, I've had anecdotal feedback of job recruiting successes on LI. And I've made a few one-step introductions (introducing two people I know who didn't know each other).
Asking questions (and broadcasting them) has also produced a few useful contacts.
| 1:10 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Hmmm, and I've been turning down all those LinkedIn requests, every single one of them. They kind of remind me of Challenge Response emails, I don't know why. I've never seen the "light" in regards to this particular concept.
| 2:07 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Pageone, remember that LinkedIn premium subscriptions let users directly contact any user on the site instead of requiring an introduction from another member.
| 2:11 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I use LI as a robust on-line contacts book (eg a changed email address doesn't break a link) without all the annoying sub-teenage pranks/noise/SPAM of other non-business network sites.
It works for me.
| 2:32 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I find it handy to keep in contact with business people I might have been working with in the past but have say moved company.
I would maybe pay a small amount for a subscription if went down that route. But unless they get way into recruitment I cannot see how it can be valued at 1 billion...?
| 2:32 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I think if LinkedIn has a chance to fend off Facebook, it will be their lack of "noise." With all of the features and apps on FB, most communications I get don't seem relevant to business - even when coming from contacts I know via business.
Then again, maybe living in FB makes for a richer business relationship. Instead of just being about business, I now know that my attorney had a great time in Cozumel last week and that my top business prospect just finished washing his car. :)
| 3:45 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
with the quickly expansion of LinkedIn, i hope it will take more measures to strength its privacy protection policy. My personel impression to LinkedIn is good, it has its own unquie value for its users.
| 4:34 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
My professional opinion:
I really didn't see the value in linkedin until I started work for a large company. That is a website that is thrown around at my current employer quite a bit, like "send me your linkedin profile", or "hey we have a candidate for position x, and you're interviewing them on Monday. I'll send you their resume and linkedin profile".
My personal opinion:
I don't think facebook should be a place for professionals to recruit. I like that it's a social environment, and not a professional one, which makes me want a professional social environment. I want to post pictures of me having drinks while wearing the chicken suit and doing morally ambiguous things without worry that a potential employer will judge my professional abilities on my social activities.
I guess its time to start my own company then if this is the way the professional environment is moving towards.
| 6:28 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Good investment, maybe. LinkedIn is easy to use, its got a useful Q&A - basically a forum. Not sure how they will make money either but I like the site and find it useful.
| 6:47 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
LI already makes a trading profit IIRC: for a start they do have paid services and Google ads.
That'll be a EB<everything> profit, but nonetheless!
| 7:02 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I think LI will have a better chance of monetizing the model that facebook will, but i'll think it will still be a huge challenge.
| 4:41 pm on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I've got to imagine a site boasting such a robust network of working professionals has a tremendous amount of value. Within the online advertising realm, at least in the Bay Area, it's a rarity to come across an individual who is not on LI.
It makes for a great way to stay in touch with colleagues, research candidates, and connect with old classmates and friends - all in a professional context...
| 7:08 pm on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)|
>>at least in the Bay Area
That's a key issue, pb. In less tech-oriented areas, I see a lot lower penetration. But I'm also seeing incremental growth - one person in a company gets on, and then invites a bunch of contacts inside and outside the firm. The networks in the hinterlands are still kind of thin, but they are growing.