Want to Talk About LinkedIn?

John Jantsch, blogger extraordinaire, has kicked off a discussion about LinkedIn the social network service. He has invited readers to contribute their thoughts on LinkedIn and suggests that comments cover:

  • How you use it for business
  • Success stories about connections made
  • Horror stories about wasting time

There is a good lineup of people who either actively dislike LinkedIn or just haven’t found it helped them. Others put the view that LinkedIn is another tool, not the be-all and end-all. As someone who has definitely benefited in various ways from my membership of LinkedIn – and of related groups – and having co-authored a book on how recruiters use LinkedIn – I am definitely on the side of the discussion which says, if you use LinkedIn in a sophisticated way, it can really help you.

And I’ve left a link in the comments to Scott Allen’s authoritative LinkedIntelligence blog – a must-read, must-syndicate for anyone who wants to be up with the latest thinking on LinkedIn and how to use it.

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About Des Walsh

I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.


  1. I have to admit that Linkedin’s question and answer service is on my list of “getting around to”. I have noticed some discussion about apparent spamming of the service – floating a “question” just to promote yourself or your service. The impression I have is that that sort of thing goes with the territory but no doubt it will be a challenge for LinkedIn. However, my colleague Bill Vick has used it to get some useful feedback on what our next co-authored book could most usefully address. And I was impressed with the extent and depth of response Frank Kanu got when he floated the question of how people would define leadership – a subject on which most of us have opinions, I am sure.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Des, I was wondering how much you have used the question answer service of linkedin, and if you have found it useful. I have only asked two questions, one I sent to everyone in my network, the other I did not. The first has received a lot of comments, the other not. I thought that was interesting, might be the topic, or maybe its the connection with my colleagues.

    As the moderator for the linkedin blogging group, I thought you might have some extra perspective on this question.