Yes, working to get journalists on board with the service using it effectively is big in social these days. Twitter found early success with it as journalists naturally took to the service, and Facebook followed suit by hiring Vadim Lavrusik. Journalists are power users, and attract significant followings; after all, it's their job to share interesting, compelling content. These are highly coveted power users.
LinkedIn was doing badly for a while, and I was worried about it, but it seems to have revived. I think it fills a useful role in being the 'professional' social network. And yes, I've gotten jobs through it, even though I don't find out things from my friends' lives through it.
They're also pretty smart about marketing it -- offering classes for journalists in how to use the system and so on, with the carrot of a year's worth of free service. That's something the Well learned -- get the journalists and writers on it, and they'll bring in others.
Yes Mashka, with a premium level of membership, you can essentially use LinkedIn as a recruiting agency - either as an employer or prospective employee - and conduct quite sophisticated searches. Or you can just visit for the social aspects and networking as an ordinary member.
Mashka: Recruiters often look to LinkedIn and contact job-seekers based on their professional background and based on what they list as what they're "looking for" in their profiles. LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to say if you're looking for networking opportunities, job opportunities, etc.
I haven't had a breakfast ofkippers for a long time, and it used to be one of my favorites. So your headline was just the right bait to reel me in...
I'm intrigued by the concept of privacy being "the right to be left alone." I think that is a great definition, and I don't care if it's from 19th century, 25th century, or 5th century B.C. The idea of man being a social animal or preferring solitude are timeless, worthy of discussion in any era.
I know a number of people who really do not want to be connected, for various reasons. Some are paranoid, some just contrary by nature. Both types don't like anybody to know too much about them, and they certainly don't want people 'following' them.
Thanks for sharing this excerpt from your book! I enjoyed it.
Speaking strictly for myself, I find LinkedIn more useful to me than other social networks, because I use these networks for work. I don't use Facebook to connect with family and friends as much as some others do.
Check out LinkedIn, Mashka, if you're interested in making business contacts and finding out who works where. There are groups of like-minded professionals that are particularly helpful.
The tension between social activity and privacy seems to differ with culture. There are places in the world where people don't put individualism first or hold it as a virtue. I wonder if the differences between cultures are reflected online as well as off.
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