This is interesting, I received this email today. To protect her identity, Ive removed any personal info:
If I remember correctly you were the one who first invited me to join
LinkedIn, some time in early 2005. Is that correct? I just want to mention
that I reaped a benefit from belonging to it, so I thank you. A recruiter
contacted me about a full-time position, and I asked how she got
me name, and she said from LinkedIn. Well, I actually got that job and
started this week! This is a big career move for me. Since I was relatively
happy contracting, I was not looking for a job, but now I think this was a
I was pushing people to use LinkedIn during the early days, when the first web bubble was collapsing (realizing how important ones network was) before LinkedIn was popular, I had a list of names and emails at Exodus on my personal website (now retired) in an image so everyone could stay connected. I guess Ive always liked being a super connector.
I dont use LinkedIn as much now, in fact I dont respond to most requests to accept, why? The folks that I want to find are already easy to connect to via their blogs or other social networks. Identies and profiles are everywhere, not just in LinkedIn.
I told my wife that James Clark and Jason Cormier really made my week, with this wonderful post:
Jeremiahs blog is his book, dont you see?
Im asked once in a while, Why dont you write a book or Lets write a book together. Ive given it some thought, but not much. Im trying to connect to my audience using my blog and that seems to be working pretty well. Of course, if some publishers want to offer me a sweet deal, Im open for anything. I also see that there are quite a few books being written around social media, communities, what would make a book standout from the rest?
If you cant tell by now, the focus on my blog is changing.