14 – LinkedIn

DOWN 4 IN 2015

LinkedIn is seen as a prime professional networking service, for connecting with others professionally as well as for finding jobs. Its range of groups is also considered valuable.

Website: www.linkedin.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online
2013: 23
2012: 12
2011: 21
2010: 30
2009: 38=
2008: 30=
2007: 31=

Comments from those who selected LinkedIn as one of their Top Tools 

“Gone are the days of trying to keep track of people in Microsoft Outlook or some other contacts list. LinkedIn does that job well. But LinkedIn is much more than just an online contacts list. It provides a stream of updates from people I know and groups I’ve joined. LinkedIn allows for deep discussions with other professionals – always a great learning opportunity. I’m a member of far too many LinkedIn groups. The Harvard Business Review group discussions alone could probably occupy all of my time.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I’m connected to some very smart people who are very active on LinkedIn and post some very timely articles which help me stay current on trends and debates within the L&D community. I’m not as impressed with most LinkedIn groups, which I’ve found to be more populated by vendors than actual discussion. I did, however, recently work through my network and LinkedIn to land a gig as a part-time instructor for a new University of Washington certificate program in Workplace Learning & Professional Development, which further proves LinkedIn’s value for me.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“I spend a lot of time thinking negative thoughts about LinkedIn, but the fact remains that I come across useful and thoughtful posts and links there on a regular basis.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“I share thoughts there and track a few of the groups (not as thoroughly as I wish, of course).” Clark Quinn, 2015
“Linked In for connecting & now for sharing too.” Kandy Woodfield, 2015
“great for learning about companies, industries and most importantly about key individuals” 2015

“newsthreads & to have access to professionals who aren’t on Twitter, build my PLN” Helen Blunden, 2015

“I use it to connect with people I want to learn from. It informs me about new events, links to interesting reads and sometimes I participate in discussions. I prefer responding and posting my own questions.” Ellen Schuurink, 2015

“Really good for professional connections and keeping up with what others are doing career wise, great tool when job searching (to connect with recruiters, promote your skills / experience etc), discuss & comment on posts that are professionally relevant. Prior to using twitter I used to be involved much more heavily in the discussion groups in LinkedIn. Now I spread my time much more across different activiites and learning communities I’m involved in leading. However still find interesting discussions in LinkedIn groups. Also as it’s more ‘contained’ than my twitter network sometimes find it easier to see/find links to posts and comment on them. comments and conversations can sometimes be a bit more visible on a professional level because my LinkedIn network is smaller and more restricted to people I know professionally (compared with twitter, which is where I tend to get more new ideas from and am connected to a larger and more diverse network).” Tanya Lau 2014

“LinkedIn has been around for quite awhile and is often thought of as a networking tool for job seekers. But I also think of it as a social tool that enables discussions for people with common interests. The LinkedIn communities of practice are some of the best places to meet your peers and learn from the group conversations. If you haven’t yet joined any of these groups, access them through the LinkedIn Interests menu and select Groups. Then search for groups of interest by keyword.” Connie Malamed, 2014

“started using publisher for blogs, sharing content, contributing to groups, connections for business development and marketing” David Schindler, 2014
“still get value from groups” Mike Collins, 2014

“Linkedin Groups for asking questions – sometimes the timeline for infos”  Thomas Jenewein 2013
“Social medium for professionals”  Brij Bhushan Huria 2013
“the different groups I am a member of have been invaluabe to my learning”  Zifang Su 2013
“to connect with other learning professionals”  Mathew Guyan 2013
“I use this professionally but also teach sessions on using LinkedIn as part of my sessions on employability and creative CVs” Jayne Whistance 2013
“professional online CV”  Helen Blunden 2013
“helps maintain network, despite the increasing ‘noise'”  Charles Jennings 2013
“business contact and learning”  Paul Jacobs 2013
“This tool is invaluable to networking, especially for thought leadership and group discussion, getting ideas from outside of your company” Michelle Parry-Slater 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“Linkedin is the first social networking tool I have found that is useful and relevant and not intrusive.”  Brian Mulligan

“is my professional social networking platform. I didn’t use it much until it added some features like groups and other applications a short time ago. Now, I find myself using it more to ask and answer questions and to seek out expertise in particular subject matter areas.” Janet Clarey

“LinkedIn is my favorite tool to keep in touch with, or at least keep tabs on, other professionals.”  John Schaffer

“I find this social networking tool invaluable. Keeping in touch with people is a vital part of my life. LinkedIn helps me keep track of my professional contacts, and extend them.”  Don Taylor

“I use LinkedIn for building my professional network.”  Sathish Narayanan