Linked-in was formed in 2003. The original idea of linked-in was to connect people who had jobs and funds with people who needed a job or funds. Linked-in as it stands today is a professional networking tool with over 39 million users and rapidly growing. Its focus is to connect professionals.
Users are able to sign up and create a profile which can be viewed by other professionals in there allowable list of contacts.
Your profile can be edited to change what your contacts will see. A photo of yourself can be uploaded and information can be added.
Information on your profile can include your previous work experience, education, goals and objectives of your future career, blogs you have contributed to, status of what you are currently doing and much more.
Recommendations can be posted on your profile which are online references from previous work colleagues or other professionals who know you on a professional level.
The Q&A function allows you to show your knowledge on particular areas of expertise. This is where you create questions, or answer other linked-in users questions on topics. This Q&A function can also be displayed on your profile so your contacts know what you have been contributing to.
Just like in the traditional networking world introductions can be made. Its called the online six degrees of separation. You can introduce two of your contacts that you feel have a shared professional interest or likewise a contact of yours can introduce you to another of their contacts who they think may be able to benefit you in professional growth.
Really Linkedin is your professional network online and all your networking tools are still available however in an electronic form and more easily available to not just your contacts, but their contacts as well. Where you have an electronic business card – a snapshot of your profile which contains limited information of you that anyone can view. The experience, education and recommendations sections of your profile can be considered to be your electronic resume and introductions are easier as you connect two people electronically and there is still the formality of a traditional introduction without the hassle.
Among the many networking benefits of Linkedin there is the ability to control what people see. In an increasingly electronic world where its as easy as typing someone’s name into Google to find an abundance of facts on them, it is reassuring to know that you can create and control the information that people in your professional network view about you. Your Linkedin profile will appear when anyone Google’s your name and your snapshot will be made available which shows a summary of your professional information.
Linkedin is a form of social networking. To learn more see the video below.