One of my Favorite Things

If the song from the Sound of Music – Favorite Things

could be rewritten to my thinking social media and LinkedIn would be included as one of the items in the list. LinkedIn is one of my favorite social media tools. Whenever I see an article on LinkedIn, I take a peek.  Often the titles are the X number of tools or things you don’t know about LinkedIn.

I have found that there seem to be two types of users:

  1. The person that collects connections and updates their resume
  2. The person who participates in groups, answers questions and shares status updates.
The more often you participate in LinkedIn by sharing via groups, status updates or showing

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your expertise when answering questions, the more frequently your name appears in your connections updates stream.

This article about announcements raises some good points about direct communication to group members, but unsolicited emails could cause frustration, which we do not want to do when trying to generate leads.

Remember that by participating regularly, your connections will see your name and will be reminded each time they do of what you do or where you work.  As much as we would like things to be simple, they aren’t always easy.  Networking face-to-face and building relationships is often the way to increasing the on-line relationships that you have established.

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LinkedIn adds a “Classmates” feature

LinkedIn added a new feature to help you find the classmates from your college or university.  I couldn’t find the feature in LinkedIn.  I had to click on this link from the LinkedIn blog article I read. (

I logged out and logged back in and still cannot find where LinkedIn has updated the menu bar to include this feature.

The feature runs by the college(s) in your profile and the years you enter.  Once the scan is complete, you get a listing of where they work, what they do and the towns where they reside.  A list of the contacts shows up and shows you what degree of connection they are.

I can see this being useful if you went to a school where you might remember some of your classmates, or graduated in the near recent past so that you might still be in touch with some of them.  For me, I went to a university that served a large commuter population so many years ago that it doesn’t appear to be a significant benefit to me.  I might change my mind as I investigate the connections further.


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