I have been a LinkedIn user for many years now, and over that time I have built up 150 or so connections with users that I have met on my networking adventures. After meeting someone, LinkedIn allows me see information about that person that would otherwise not come up in conversation. I can also see their contacts, and their contacts contact, which is a great way to build on the network.
But I have a dilemma, LinkedIn is but one of many social networking slash contact management tools. So when the other day, after a networking function I get a request from a Plaxo user who doesn’t use LinkedIn, I find myself signing up to yet another network, and starting my database again from scratch.
Ill be honest, I find this frustrating to say the least. Of 156 contacts, 150 are on LinkedIn and the remainder on Plaxo. Where do I focus my efforts? Should I begin splitting the 20 minutes a day evenly on using both networks?
Plaxo are doing a great job of integrating their network with other platforms such as Facebook. What I am after is a link between Plaxo and LinkedIn so I can access my whole community in the one place. All I can do is ask:
13/7/09 – TO: email@example.com
Could you please link Plaxo to LinkedIn to provide a consolidated platform. I much prefer the Plaxo user experience, but the majority of my contacts are on LinkedIn. A connection as you have done with Facebook, would solve a common issue of ‘which one do I choose?’
13/7/09 – FROM: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your suggestion. I will take this as a feedback and forward it to our Product Development Team as a feature request. We sincerely take these into account at every product review.
Fingers crossed that this wasn’t an auto response, and the dilemma I face can be solved.
Which one do you use?