Grow your LinkedIn Network within an industry

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In 2006 I was building my LinkedIn network within specific industries and geographically in Australian. At the time I was not an ďOpen NetworkerĒ who accepted all invitations.
Now LinkedIn is not in itself a network – it is a tool for networkers to use. Youíll want to continue your networking efforts outside of LinkedIn.

What should you do specifically inside LI to grow your network within an industry or geographic region?

  1. Get a gmail address for LinkedIn and add it to the bottom of your profile (in the text of your contact settings), invite connection requests from people in those industries (spell them out). Gmail will filter most of the spam that will emerge from this and you can change that email address every few months.
  2. In the Interests part of your profile list the industries you are specifically looking for as they appear on LinkedIn
  3. In the Summary part of your profile list the industries and geography you are inviting connections from and state that you welcome contact from people in these industries.
  4. In the Current Job part of your profile list the industries and geography you are inviting connections from and state that you welcome contact from people in these industries.
  5. Do a People search for the industry refine the search and sort by degrees away from you. e.g. Showing the first 500 users in your network matching your criteria. * Users in Medical Devices * Sorted by: degrees away from you
  6. If you invite connections in this way, please do not click I Donít Know (IDK) if you donít want to connect with them. Just delete or archive their requests. Clicking IDK penalizes the inviter and can get their account suspended. If they are persistent inviters then IDK them or Accept and unlink that way they canít invite you ever again.

Quick Tip: Premium members receive free inmail and they sort at the top of each page. Send an INmail introducing yourself and what you are looking for. Write your own boilerplate and do not use LinkedInís boilerplate text. If youíd like to connect with them, tell them and offer to send an invitation later. Otherwise offer whatever information is in your ďkeeping in touchĒ pipeline.
Read non-premium profiles in 2nd degree and beyond, looking for an email address. Those without email addresses leave your two choices:

  • Request an introduction via your network. People with small networks trust introductions via that network.
  • Google is your friend for anyone who looks really interesting. In Australia call their company and ask for them

Thatís how I got started before I joined the LIONs. Funny thing is that most of the IDKís Iíve received have been from people who know me but didnít know my surname.

What happens if one uses a Mac to read a ppt made on Windows?

Zak Greantís Blog answers this question in a way that made me laugh out loud.

Powerpoint files are easily handled on a Mac:

  • iWork 08 will import it, there is a 30 day trial available.
  • NeoOffice (the native Mac OS X port of OpenOffice.Org) will open it and run all but the most complex .ppt file. Itís free
  • Microsoft offers a free PowerPoint 98 viewer
  • Lastly and most easily consider†using Google Docs in your browser.

Lotís of choices should be enough for any Mac convert

Windows Users Guide to Your New Mac

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A number of friends and many acquaintances have moved to Macs and turned their backs on Windows.

I moved full time to a Mac a year ago. Hereís part 1 of my occasional series Your New Mac: a Guide for Windows Users

Things to do with Your New Mac

  1. Download the Skype client for mac and for chat use Adium http://www.adiumx.com/ multiprotocol for Windows Live Messenger, GoogleTalk, ICQ, AIM, Jabber, QQ, Gadu-Gadu etc. Both are free.
  2. Running Windows: Bootcamp is faster than parallels because bootcamp runs windows on your intel mac hardware, but youíll have the stability and security issues of windows all over again. Bootcamp ships with Leopard
  3. Create another folder in you ďhomeĒ directory in finder and call it Applications – this is where you should drag and drop application that you install and test out. Keep your normal ďApplicationsĒ folder for Apple default apps or stuff that must live there. Add/Remove programs is as simple as drag Ďní drop to your Applications folder. To remove drag the icon to the trash.
  4. Email importing. If you were using POP3 with outlook or outlook express, copy your mail folders to a USB drive then mail.app should be able to import them. I moved via thunderbird and that imported my mail into the windows version of Thunderbird and then I dragged and dropped into mail on the Mac. see Moving Email from PC Outlook to Apple Mail for a brilliant guide
  5. .mac is available as a 30 day free trial. A friend swears by it – Iíve never used it.

Iíll add to this series as time goes on. In the meantime comment below and Iíll answer your questions.

Twitter for status updates

I like the idea of Twitter as a micro-blogging tool.

What is Twitter?
Twitter is for staying in touch and keeping up with friends no matter where you are or what youíre doing. For some friends you might want instant mobile updatesófor others, you can just check the web. Invite your friends to Twitter and decide how connected you want you to be.
How does Twitter work?
When you send in a mobile text (SMS), Twitter sends it out to your group of friends and posts it to your Twitter page. Your friends might not have phone alerts turned on so they may check your web page instead. Likewise, you receive your friends mobile updates on your phone.

Twitter not really popular in Australia, and Iím only using it via the web, IM and Facebook, but not via SMS as my plan is not for cheap SMS. Iíve increased my SMS usage recently but not enough to become dependent on it.

I generally write considered posts in this and other blogs, so my status update is an interesting way to let people know about what Iím doing day to day without going into a lot of detail.

You can follow my twitter.

LinkedIn Adds Profile Photos

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LinkedIn has caught up with every other major social/business networking site and added profile photos. This is a good thing, especially if you have an icon, brand or memorable photo. Itís been one of the frustrating omissions on LinkedIn for a while. Iím linked to a number of people who I havenít met often if at all, having a photo helps when we meet in the Real World ô.

Iím not terribly happy that I am ďgranting to LinkedIn Corporation a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable license to use this information in the course of offering the LinkedIn serviceď. Thatís from the LinkedIn User Agreement. Itís the irrevocable nature of the license I donít like.

Then again Iím providing the same license for my personal information that Iím uploading in my profile. Itís the cost of having the profile highly visible.

Iím using Facebook more than LinkedIn but Facebook is a bit out there for conservative business types.

As usual Iím an open networker and happy to connect with you on any social network platform where I am already a member.