Wednesday, March 26, 2008

LinkedIn: what can it do for ME?

OK, so my neighbor woman convinced me to join LinkedIn, which in case you don't know is a website where you establish connections with people you don't know through people you do know. Like seven degrees of separation. By the time I'm done, I should be corresponding with Sidney Poitier.

I asked some people to be my connections, they agreed, and there we all are. I asked my neighbor today, "Now what?"

She assured me that through the 81,000+ connections I am just three degrees separated from (according to LinkedIn) is someone who will employ me to write for them or give me money to set up some sort of writing venture. Hmmm, is billionaire developer Stephen Karp on LinkedIn?

Well I'm off to a running start - my newest connection has graced me with his 305 connections (none of which is Karp). I have only 15 of my own, so far, including a fair number of family members. For a reporter, I sure haven't racked up those connections, have I? Stay tuned.

1 comment:

mary said...

Ah, the wonder of LinkedIn. I was recently invited and felt compelled to join - in part not offend the inviter, but also out of curiousity. I'm still trying to understand how it works and how it can work for me. We'll see!