MMLGF 6: Making Connections with LinkedIn Groups members

September 13, 2007

One of the most important features at LinkedIn is to establish direct connections with other people that let you:

  • Do business with them
  • Consume/provide services from/to them
  • Grow your network for future business
  • Grow your network so your chance to be found and find the right people grows too.

 

With LinkedIn groups your chance to find someone you want to connect with grows drastically. At LinkedIn Groups you are making direct contact with lot of people you’d like to meet like ones that:

  • Offers some services you also offer
  • Consume some services you offer
  • A possible client
  • A possible partner
  • Entrepreneur in your industry
  • Innovators in your industry

 

Add Connection - GroupIn the process of writing this series of posts, LinkedIn added a feature that is perfect for this topic… When you add someone to your network at LinkedIn, you always must say how you meet the guy you are inviting (Colleague at work, university), friend, family and a new one: LinkedIn groups.

 

These new choice let you add a user to your network without knowing user’s email address by just saying you want to add a user because you have met him/her at a LinkedIn Groups. This way, you can make direct contact with some business related people that you meet in a group quite more easily than before.

 

This is post #6 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.


MMLGF 5: Your LinkedIn Groups at your LinkedIn home page

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.


Facebook is extending APIs to compete with Linkedin

September 3, 2007

Some months ago Facebook publish APIs to become a great (or very great) and amazing social network where people not just only communicate their selves using Facebook functionality but also to extend it and use it the way they want.

On the weekend I saw one post at insidefacebook (here) talking about new APIs to stay on top and to start competing with the still “uncertain” linkedin API and also with the biggest Facebook Application: Slide.

The two new API methods are:

    * friends.getLists
    * friends.getListsMembers

    Those two methods let developers build Facebook Applications that get access and clasify people in many ways…

    Based on these method names, “Friend Lists” could be buddy lists that you might use to organize your friends. For example, “Work Friends” or, say… “Top Friends”.

    Why these methods are Linkedin related? Well, Justin Smith at his post at insidefacebook.com mentioned:

    This will be a welcome change for everyone whose LinkedIn networks have migrated to Facebook. Consequently, this could mean accelerated LinkedIn attrition: per-Friend-List privacy settings could substantially decrease the need of many to actively maintain their LinkedIn accounts as well.

    As a conclusion, Facebook is working really hard, not only in making its API more and more powerful each day, but also to stay on the top of social networks. And they are doing quite well!!!!

    Maybe, before Linkedin API is ready, we have some more Facebook API’s methods to have Linkedin functionality completely inside their website.


    Writing a blog post with Windows Live Writer Beta

    August 28, 2007

    Today I was looking for some information about a Microsoft Product I need for my work and I find something I didn’t know: Windows Live Writer Beta.

    I’ve just tested it and everything works ok. It looks really nice and it’s very comfortable because it provides to bloggers the chance to manage (write, edit and delete) blog posts into a win application.

    Live Writer Screenshot 1I still don’t find the way to test grammar check and things that Microsoft Office offers. Maybe it’s not available on this Windows Live product but in that case, users can add an add-on with that functionality. Anyway , it uses Blogspot, WordPress and Typepad API to get all the information on our blogs so we can feel just like if we were in the web interface.

    The best issues:

    • Web Preview option gives us an immediate preview of the post into the website.
    • User Interface
    • Manage multiple blogs
    • HTML Editor

    Live Writer Screenshot 2I think in this web world we are living now, this is a really interesting application that give us all the flexibility and facilities to blog on our own desktop. They also provide an API so developers can extend it (just like Facebook but in Windows Apps) and plugins (add-ons like Firefox) so each user can use Live Writer application just the way and with the things each want.

    Here is the Download link and some product information here and here.

    Hope you find this as interesting, useful and amazing as I did.

    By the way, this post have been written with Windows Live Writer 😉


    Linkedin is hiring a developer network manager for their API

    August 27, 2007

    I just saw on Mashable a three days old post titled: “LinkedIn Seeks Warrior to Fend off Facebook“. It looks like Linkedin is looking for a new Developer Network Manager…

    We are looking for a developer network manager who is part developer, part product manager, part marketer, part evangelist and, perhaps most importantly, can see how to take a nascent program and make it huge. This person can communicate the technology, encourage partner relationships, and set up communication vehicles that help make people successful at developing using LinkedIn APIs.

    • Work with product management and development to define and prioritize new APIs and supporting technologies.
    • Plan and execute the marketing and communications around the API program.
    • Establish a new developer program from the ground up, including all communication, partner, and developer support mechanisms

    The job posting is here so anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area (no relocation available) interested can apply…

    I would love to get that position but I’m in Argentina and also I guess they are looking for something with quite big experience for that position… so, I hope anyone here would be interested in that…


    MMLGF 4: Showing your LinkedIn Groups activity at your public profile

    August 27, 2007

    LinkedIn public profile let users to show who they are, what they do and what are their interests and history. LinkedIn Groups are groups to collect and contact people with similar interests. So, if LinkedIn groups new version coming up in late September or my idea of LinkedIn groups I’m posting on this MMLGF series include some functionality like a Question and Answer section, why not to include each user activity into their public profile?

     

    That way asking and answering into LinkedIn groups will not only help you and others in specifics topics you are talking about but also will let you promote the activity you have on each and every LinkedIn groups you are subscribed to. So, what are the benefits? Well, I think if you choose to publish that information into your public profile is because you have something positive about you and what you are doing to show there so anyone looking for you can see it.

     

    I mean, the current version of LinkedIn groups just let you put you have some interests on something, but if you do something interesting into those LinkedIn groups you are subscribed to, why not to show you are doing something there? I guess doing that (including LinkedIn groups’ activity) will let you show more information about what LinkedIn public profile is about: show who you are, what are your interests and most important: what do you do.

     

    I don’t know if this idea is good but with this, LinkedIn groups’ participation will help everyone into promote their own activity and, consequently, add quite more value to your LinkedIn public profile.

    This is post #4 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.


    MMLGF 3: Exporting information and generating alerts from LinkedIn Groups

    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.