Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why I Don't Hate LinkedIn Anymore.... And A Little Something I Missed At Home.

Every time I come to a conference I a: meet some really cool people and b: learn something.  Of course, I did meet some cool people, wait you should meet them too.  Here's a few:
I haven't found the rest on Twitter yet.  Which leads me to my newest brilliant plan that everyone's Twitter handle should hover in the air above their head so I can find them easily.  Someone should get working on that......
Anyway, on my panel yesterday afternoon we were asked what the biggest social media waste of time was in our opinion and I really, really wanted to say LinkedIn because its not very social and I don't ever use it but I didn't think it was going to be appropriate considering all of the LinkedIn love I'd been hearing around OMS over the last day.  So I said Facebook ads, which is pretty wasteful too. 
Someone else said LinkedIn.
After the panel I was standing around talking and LinkedIn came up which, of course, elicited my usual negative response, and you know what?  Right there on the deck of OMS I got schooled in LinkedIn.  I admit it.  I got 3 things that LinkedIn is good for and I can no longer say that the community has NO value.  I stand corrected.  Here they are:
1) Questions.  I had thought that the questions section was all spam and no one ever really got much business there.  Turns out, it's not ALL spam and people that I spoke with last night did in fact get business by answering questions on LinkedIn.
2) Recommendations.  I liked this one.  LinkedIn is the only recommendation area on a site in which the recommended person cannot edit the recommendation.  You have to put it up as is which does make them pretty solid I have to admit. 
3) InMail.  This one is pretty interesting too.  You get to send 10 Inmails per year and no matter how much you pay, you can only send 10 emails to people you don't know on LinkedIn.  If you get someone's "cold call" email, you know they paid for it, and chose you to send one of the precious 10 to so you know you weren't just the recipient of a mass email.  Not so bad.

Don't worry, while I was in San Diego there were things going on in good old Wisconsin.  My sister was at my parent's house when a sheriff car comes rolling up the driveway.  She says the first thing that went through her mind was "oh fuckitty".   Here's what happened:
Sheriff: "There was a report of a black Ford F250 leaving the gas station with the hose still in the tank."
Sister: "License plate XXXXX?"
Sheriff: "yep, that's it."
Sister " Yeah, that's my mom's"
Sheriff: "Well, she drove off  and left the scene"
Sister: "uh.....  ok."
Sheriff: "So,  what's going on around here today?"
Sister: "Sir....  I don't live here, and I don't pretend to know."

I guess she'd driven off with the gas pump still in the car.  She went back to the station long enough to tell the attendant "I have a haircut right now, I need to go" and just left.  So they called the police whom she also informed that she was busy having a haircut and they'd need to talk to her later.....



Blogger Meg said...

Ok, so I've been reading your blog for a long time through my Google Reader and came over to post a comment and saw the new layout - gorgeous!

Anyway, a friend of mine running a social media start up posted this ( today, which is convenient! I know almost nothing about LinkedIn, and definately don't go there unless I get some kind of email notice. But I'm curious about the question feature now too - people really use that? I'll have to check it out.

Great stuff as usual, plus an awesome anecdote about your mom. I know EXACTLY what you mean!

February 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Royce said...

So unlike Meg I have NO idea what your anecdote is about. I don't even understand what just happened. Did the sheriff just come by to tell your sister the story about your mom? Why? Is it just super slow in the town? Why didn't your mum just pull the pump out then drive off? I'm so confused.

I am not on LinkedIn and I get the feeling this makes me less savvy than others.

February 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea V. Lewis said...

Hi Caitlin! Your blog post had me at your brilliant Twitter handle bubble hover idea. Besides adding you to my LinkedIn Network and thankful for your Twitter recommendations, I think LinkedIn is an excellent place to Network and search for jobs, but I have to say, Twitter is my top dog for professional networking, followed by Brazen and LinkedIn.

Talk to you soon girl, btw are you still in my neck of the woods (S. Cali.)?

February 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

Meg - thanks for the link and the compliments!!

Royce - after this post I was accosted at least 3 more times about my downer attitude about LinkedIn. It's like there's a LinkedIn mafia that is after me now!!

Andrea - Just got home - to snow :( Ahhhh. I'm sold on moving out there!

February 26, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

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