LinkedIn Bloggers Group for serious and enjoyable conversation about social media and professional networkingI once read a blog post, which I have just found again thanks to Google, where the author Eric Reiss addressed the question of what might constitute an “Internet year” (much as we talk about “dog years”). The multiplier he came up with, offered as a “useful answer” to the question, was that 1 Internet year = 4.7 regular years.

Seven years ago in this month of May in the year 2005, the LinkedIn Bloggers Group was created, initially on the Yahoo! Groups platform and not long afterwards on LinkedIn Groups.

So using Mr Reiss’ calculation as a guide, the LinkedIn Bloggers Group is 32.9 old in “people years”.

I think you would have to call that well established.

About the Group

LinkedIn Bloggers Group is a discussion and networking group focused on blogging and other social media, in the context of professional networking, especially via LinkedIn.

From the outset, the Group aimed to attract (and succeeded in attracting) both newcomers to the field, willing to learn, and people with experience, willing to share, including leading, well respected bloggers.

Open group

At first, LinkedIn Bloggers was a closed, members only group. A while ago we made it open, which means that discussions can be seen by anyone on the web and can be shared on other social networking platforms. People who want to participate in the discussions still have to apply for membership, but that is rarely declined – mainly if someone has no information on their LinkedIn profile and we can’t find any evidence that there is a real person applying.

Spam free zone

Having checked into a few other LinkedIn groups recently, one thing that strikes me is that a number of groups seem to be not much more than link farms, where in the “Discussion” section people just post a link to their own latest blog post, without any accompanying, discussion-promoting comment.

Whereas with LinkedIn Bloggers we have been able to keep the group almost completely free of that practice, which I personally regard as group spam, although enough people have disagreed with me to know that I would be unlikely to get 100% support for the notion in any gathering of bloggers.

It would be fair to say we take a hard line on excluding anything that looks to the group managers like spam.

That’s because we want to hold the Discussion space for just that – discussion.

And civilized discussion at that.

We have always followed a strict policy of insisting that discussion be conducted in a civilized, courteous, if often vigorous, mode.

Only two rules

There are just two basic rules at LinkedIn Bloggers:

Rule 1: Respect the discussion space, in terms of topic, content and tone
Rule 2. Respect your colleagues in the group

We spell out what those rules entail: see  Group Rules (link at top right of Group page).

Your invitation

If you are looking for a group where you can have serious and enjoyable conversation about blogging and other social media and/or professional social networking, where you can bounce ideas, seek information and advice, I encourage you to check out LinkedIn Bloggers.

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