Are you using or playing with LinkedIn?

Why LinkedIn?

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What is the benefit of this platform?

Is it just a professional Facebook?

Is there a point to it?

The above are just some of the comments I receive on a daily basis when I ask people “Are you on LinkedIn? Can we connect?“; and it makes me wonder why people are not seeing how we can all have something that is just so much more than a Professional Networking Platform. It has grown so much from the early days when, yes, you could say that it was just platform to look for a job, but even then it was so much more.

How do I explain this? I can’t fully because I am not here to tell you why you should be using it but highlight some ways and how you can help yourself in so many ways. Just think, when you search the internet, it is to find information on anything and everything. Well with LinkedIn, I can undertake many things including….

  • search for companies and see what they are like, do they deliver what I (or my clients are/) am looking for, what information to share, do they have someone there that could benefit myself or my clients?
  • search for information that I am looking for – call it doing a professional Google search for what I need. Yes I know I could just Google it, but doing it here, I get information from the people within my network, so the chances are it is more update and valid than just a Google search with results driven by SEO!
  • should I meet someone at an event and want to discover more about them and their company, I can undertake a quick search and see what they are saying and connect with them
  • where am I and what is generating that people wanting from myself? Well, yes you go to your website and use tools that will show which page they viewed, where they came from etc – but for me it is their “Who viewed your profile?”facility. Why? Simple, I get a breakdown that shows:-

– Who has viewed myself
– Are they level 1, 2, 3 or outside of my network
– What industries are they from?
– Where did they come from? For an example, a recent search showed that my viewers were:-

  1. United Kingdom – 890
  2. United States – 478
  3. India – 119
  4. Canada – 51
  5. Australia – 35
  6. Netherlands – 35
  7. France – 33
  8. China 21
  9. Pakistan – 20
  10. Germany – 19
  • Having groups that I can actively take part in and communicate in, whether with my Peers, Competitors or people I have never interacted with before

The above are just a few points to consider but there many other points to consider, such as extra to tools to help (and yes I do use most of these) you fully utilise LinkedIn as explained here in this article called “8 Great LinkedIn Tools For Business” written by Pam Dyer and published in Social Media Today. Some of these 8 tools are so very key and important for me in so many ways that helps me to keep engaged with my connections; they include:-

Also, one that is not listed but I do use every day is LinkedIn Contacts, which really does help me engage with my connections in an in-depth manner. So these are just a few points and I haven’t even gone into Company Pages or Showcase Pages either. Or, I haven’t even mention the benefits of how you can search for your target decision makers to help with your sales growth. Just think of the above as the main filling to your cake and these points I haven’t gone into as being the icing.

Also, I have met on-line with LinkedIn (and been fortunate to meet some in person), some truly amazing inspiring people, who have helped me both personally and professionally to move forward. Now, does it do anything else?

Well, yes, some of my connections whilst they do have a website, they actually put 95% of their effort into LinkedIn and when people ask them to explain about their business, they drive (direct) people to their LinkedIn profile 100% of the time as it clearly shows them and what they do. A good example is Richard Sink who does this and it truly creates so much more understanding for his prospective clients when they come back to him to ask about working with him and his team.

I do hope this as given you some thoughts as to why you should be using LinkedIn and in my opinion why this platform is developing into such a strong all-purpose tool, that it should be one of the first Social Platforms you name as being in your portfolio – I would say it should be one of your Top 3.

[Please note – this article was written by myself and portrays my thoughts and observations only, they don’t represent the views of LinkedIn or neither have they or anyone else paid me to write this Blog Post]

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Where are you with defining yourself? How are you showing yourself?

In the fast-moving world of Social Media, what are you using to put yourself in the Shop Window?

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With the many different platforms of Social Media that exist, but which ones are the right ones for you? The situation of sharing the items you want to, can fall between personal and business. But which should you be using? So, to give you some ideas for making sure you are ready for 2014, here are some for you to consider:-

Personal:-

  • Facebook more and more people are using Facebook but at the same time, it would seem (according to many recent reports) that the under 28 age group are using Facebook less and less, so consider whether Facebook is pure for your family and close friends
  • Flickr is a photo sharing website owned by Yahoo which enable you to have an on-line photo album which can be set to Public or Private or a mixture of both
  • Foursquare gives you the opportunity to “Check-in” at your chosen places of interest or locations where you make your purchases and in some cases receive rewards too
  • Google+ is now becoming a format where you need a G+ account to enable to do more things with Google products than just view such Google Hangout’s, Google Maps / Earth and YouTube to name a few together with also becoming the host for your emails like gMail
  • Instagram is a mixture of photo and 15 second video recording sharing platform which is used by both personal and business and heavily used by the under 28 age group
  • Klout gives you the opportunity to link all your Social Media applications together in one place, which then rates your interaction with people to give you a score based on your influencing interactions
  • LinkedIn is a professional networking platform where you are effectively showing your work history and sharing business information with a wider audience with the business community. This year has seen the age of entry being lowered from 18 to 13 to help the teenage generation with their careers and interact with companies and universities and colleges
  • Path is becoming a more used platform by people wanting a closed group for sharing information with especially as it is secure and limited to only 150 connections hence why the under 28 age group using this more and more
  • Pinterest is a platform where you can create on-line scrap-book showing shared photos of your likes together with uploading images you discover on-line
  • Snapchat is fast becoming one the most used platforms for sharing photos and these are only viewed once before disappearing based on a viewing time of 3 to 10 seconds especially being used by the under 28 age group
  • Tumblr which is owned by Yahoo is becoming more and more the use of the under 28 age group together combing the similar applications of the likes of Blogging, Facebook, Google and Twitter
  • Twitter a platform that can either be personal or business and giving you the opportunity to share your views with famous people, celebrities and companies
  • Vine is a 6 second recording video site where you can share your videos there or send then out to a wider audience via Twitter
  • WordPress gives you the dual ability of having either a website or a blog and both combined if you wish and sharing your dates via the site or with Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Twitter too
  • Xing is one of the main networking platforms for senior professionals and senior management personnel along side CEO’s and board members across Europe with a major focus around the Benelux region of Europe plus Switzerland too

Business:-

  • Facebook via pages facility give you the opportunity to either give yourself a Public profile or a business page to promote you in a profession aspect away from your personal profile. Also, by providing a “Page”, you are enabling your clients and prospective clients to interact with you
  • Foursquare if used correctly is a good marketing platform for your business as well as a rewarding platform too
  • Flickr is a photo sharing website owned by Yahoo where you can host your photos. Many companies are using this site a s a way to host their photo albums for their website
  • Google+ is your personal website giving you the opportunity to log in and access platforms for your business needs but ca also be the security back up access for platforms such as your business email account and YouTube for example
  • Google Hangouts gives you the opportunity to host or take part in video conferencing or seminars
  • Google Places is page where by displaying your business allows people to locate where you are. In certain cases this is being provided by your G+ page above interacting with the Google on their mapping facility
  • Instagram allows you to host your business promotional photo material together with promotional videos
  • Klout shows what your interaction across all your Social Media applications and platforms can achieve and the level of influence you have created across your Circles of Influence
  • LinkedIn allows your company to have Showcases, Company pages and Company Groups too, to promote not just your company but specific aspects of your business also
  • Pinterest allows you post all your promotional photos and other information on a dedicated business page
  • Snapchat I foresee if used correctly will be one of the biggest marketing platforms of 2014
  • Tumblr is a combination of blogging and a website which aims to allow you to post information either as a quick update, photo sharing, a blog and or as a website depending on your needs 
  • Twitter is a great way of providing an interface to your prospective clients and clients together with providing information to what your company is doing
  • Vine via a 6 second video clip you can promote your company or your products
  • WordPress gives you a website that you can build, develop and update yourself and if you then want to get a professional company to take it over, then they can with losing all the words, photos and articles you have done. With being able to share this with Facebook, FacebookGoogle+LinkedInTumblr and Twitter – you can provide updates and releases in one go

Whilst there is many more you can use, these will give you the basis to start in the Social Media arena or take you to the next level. Yes you can add other platforms that brings information  together or allows to cross promote or schedule, but the main thing is to get yourself going and get things right before extending into other areas.

So, make sure you get yourself involved with these platforms for the start of 2014 so you can start the year on a professional platform that gives you a depth of platforms and new audiences when you post on these applications.

LinkedIn Help or should we say the lack of it when needed……..

Have you noticed that you have received the following on

‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ section of your LinkedIn profile :-

– Someone at ‘Company ABC’ has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer, A LinkedIn member has viewed your profile

Who are you?

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Do I have something that you want?

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What are you wanting to get from me?

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Ever since I have been a member of LinkedIn, I have always had any of the above appear on the section of ‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ on my LinkedIn profile either on a daily basis or every two to three days. When you complain or raise the topic with LinkedIn via their Help Forum’s/Support Section, they always provide the standard stock answer:-

We do not have a way to block other members from viewing profiles, this includes anonymous members, I am sorry.  We are considering adding such a feature but I do not have release date to provide.  Should such a feature be rolled out there will be an announcement

More and more members are finding this to be totally annoying and in some cases a cause of concern as you don’t really who they are or why they are doing it. This can create immense distress sometimes, as one member placed in a comment, “I have a court order against someone but how do I know if it is these people who I have court orders or injunctions against?” Thus, this facility can distress them as they are unable to find out who or why they have been viewed. Examples of this topic being discussed include:-

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/83151/anonymous-viewers-1.html#comment-124781

or

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/32330/linked-in-member-or-anonymous.html#comment-121600

Both the links above, are just two of many questions that have been raised in their (LinkedIn) community groups, yet everyone seems to get the same standard stock response as mentioned above. So, what is there to be done? It would seem there is nothing that can be done except just keep asking and raising it to see if anything will be done….

Or is it……or should something be done?

Well the answer I would say is YES – something does need to be done and here is why…

LinkedIn recently lowered the age for joining LinkedIn from 18 (except China) as stated below:-

(details on the changes to their terms and conditions are here – plus here is the blog by Christina Allen on the reason behind the launch of  University Pages which then lead to the launch of lowering the age of joining LinkedIn to enjoy the benefits of “LinkedIn – Now for Education” )

With all the issues on the internet of stalking and trolling and together with stalking in the real world, we all have to be careful as to how we let and monitor our children on the internet. So, if I was allowing my two daughters to be on LinkedIn, and they came to me saying they were having lots of anonymous viewers, I would certainly want some answers and have to re-consider allowing them to be on LinkedIn.

When I raised this (on several occasions including this one) with other’s, they were of the very same opinion about their children too. In essence, whether it is teenagers who are the next generations of Professional Networkers, Woman or Men, the right to be allowed to view members should not be allowed in today’s modern society.

LinkedIn are clearly allowing people to operate like stalkers or trolls with their full support by continuing to allow this facility to continue. Yet why? Has LinkedIn not learnt anything from Twitter and the issues raised here:-

Whilst I can’t say that trolling or stalking has taken place here on LinkedIn (to my knowledge), I do think that LinkedIn really need to start thinking of not just the anonymous viewing but also the sign up method (example here about a 10-year-old?)

These are just my thoughts, but I would be glad to hear your thoughts on this topic of “Anonymous Viewing” or if you want to comment on “the new lower age for joining” via the reply section below or by completing this form:-