September 8, 2007
Showing LinkedIn Groups’ activity into your public profile is with no doubts something really useful as a way of marketing yourself. But doing marketing of yourself must be followed by some tool that let you manage, work and monitor the stuff you are trying to promote.
Accessing LinkedIn Groups you are member of into your home page (not your public profile) would make your home quite more useful and dynamic than now. For example, we can think about adding it:
· Specific group’s information, like details, questions, member list, etc. for each group
- · Last questions asked in each or all groups.
- · Links to questions you asked or answered to get direct access to them.
- · List of group members who are more involved with it.
Accessing your LinkedIn groups from your LinkedIn home, getting some information about them and sharing some of your LinkedIn groups’ activity at your public profile should add great value not only to you but also to LinkedIn. You are adding value because you are promoting yourself better, and also having direct access to what you are interested about. LinkedIn is also adding value because offering a better access to your groups let you interact, participate and promote yourself better, and that cause more traffic, more information and more value to LinkedIn website.
This is post #5 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.
August 24, 2007
Making websites with APIs and Feeds has its sense. When providing an API anyone could build great services over the website existing platform achieving benefits for themselves (offering new services for users on the existing website) and the existing website (promoting it). By providing Feeds, not only website’s information and data could be exported automatically by software components but also, and more important, could be read and used offline or at least, being disconnected from the source website.
Feeds give websites the chance to export information and consume external services automatically. Feeds consumers (web applications like netvibes.com or popurl.com and especially Feed Readers like Google Reader, bloglines.com or desktop feed readers like BlogBridge) let users a way to consume different website and applications information without going into websites but also, in some cases, exporting the information to see what they want or need.
As I mentioned in a previous post applied to LinkedIn.com Question and Answer section, filtering and combination of feeds is also very useful when thinking about LinkedIn Groups (or this “LinkedIn Groups” idea I have in my mind). But, wouldn’t be better for users to have Feed Exportation of specific user’s queries they need or want inside Linkedin, instead of going offsite with feeds URL and make that “filter and combine” onto other website?
Using Feeds from users’ queries and adding advanced search functionality to LinkedIn Groups would let find and export information like:
- Questions from a whole Group
- A particular thread (A Question and its answers)
- A Threads list where some users had asked or answer (yourself, one of your connections or someone you just want to know what he is talking about).
- Queries results I talked about on MMLGF #2 to get questions or threads:
- Matching specific keyword search.
- Asked/answered by your connections.
- Popular threads.
- Asked/answered today.
- Asked/answered by some people you are interested in.
- Tagged by you before.
But, feeds are not everything… we can think about receiving alerts into email inbox, LinkedIn inbox or even directly to our mobile phone. That way, we can be offline but completely online all the time reading feeds into our feed readers from specific queries we want and receiving some alerts into many different ways…
Definitely, with all this, LinkedIn Groups will be great!!!
This is post #3 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.
August 17, 2007
To start this series of blog post about “Making the Most of LinkedIn Groups Functionality” or just MMLGF I choose an easy topic to talk about: desired (or needed) features.
Nowadays LinkedIn Groups just have a name that is written into each and every member’s profile so anyone looking at your public profile can see you have “something” in common with the LinkedIn Group’s intentions you are member of.
What if LinkedIn changes that and give us, users, the chance not only to show we have that relation with the LinkedIn groups we are members of, but also to participate, collaborate and promote ourselves there? And also, what if we think about in adding value to ourselves when participate / collaborate / promote / whatever in those group? That way the more you are on them the more you get from there.
Going back to the features, I think it would be great if LinkedIn Groups offers us:
- An easy URL to access the group (for example: http://groups.linkedin.com/groupName/ )
- A group home web page or small website with some important information for group members and non-members.
- A forum like the Linkedin Q&A section or even better: a Forum where people can talk, ask, answer and communicate in a free way.
- The chance to upload/download some files (documents, pictures or whatever) about the group or any specific topic.
- See and Search members
- Exporting groups information (like feeds in nowadays Q&A LinkedIn section) so users can read that information from their RSS readers, mobile phones or the way they want to.
With these features and many others you can imagine, comment or think about I guess LinkedIn will get lot of activity back to its website while now goes to Yahoo, Google or Facebook groups.
On the next MMLGF post I will talk about “What we need to get and find on LinkedIn groups”. Hope you go on reading me and please just leave any comment you want so I know what you are expecting from this MMLGF series.
This is post #1 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.