This note actually started out as a reply to Fred’s comment on my first LinkedIn post. Since it kinda grew to a general post, I thought it best to make it a post out of it. To really understand it thought you have to read Fred’s post because he’s bailing on LinkedIn and explains why.
Good point Fred,
My problem is I like the *promise* of linkedin. Up till now they have not really delivered on the promise. I want to know who my friends know. I like the fact that I can’t see more than one level deep because more than that will just encourage spam.
Since I wrote this blog I’ve had 2 interesting LnkedIn encounters.
1) I send a message to someone through 2 people. My wife (the lovely and talented Kathy) was interested in a job at a company. I found that I was connected to the VP of HR at this company through 2 other people so I wrote a message for her and sent it. My friend passed it on to his friend. However, his friend refused to pass it on to the VP. He felt it was beneath the VP’s attention. Well, my problem is that the *promise* of LinkedIn is that you *can* get access to people at this level. So once again, LinkedIn has failed to deliver any *real* benefit to me. (Sidebar: For the record, I have always felt it is everyone’s job at any company to continue to scout talent. The idea that it’s “beneath” the VP of HR to take a look at a resume is stupid, it’s his freakin JOB.)
2) I had a reader write me and invite me into their network. The problem I have is I’ve never met this person. With very few exceptions, I know everyone in my LinkedIn network personally. (Ironically, you are one of the few exceptions) So while I was honored that he would want me in his network, I had to respectfully decline.
I’d love for someone to come up with an alternative to LinkedIn for allowing me to discover who is in my distributed network. It needs to be something easy to use, something that does not require a programmer to operate. Most importantly, it needs to let me keep my data in my silo and let out as much or as little as possible. I’d even pay a reasonable fee to be a part of this new service.
Until next time,