It looks like yesterday when I was in complete annoyance about updating each minute detail of my academics, career and professional journey on LinkedIn. To be honest, it all started in a moment of desperation while finding a new job assignment. I was not leaving any stone unturned and untouched so stumbled upon LinkedIn as well.
Today my morning tablet surfing and coffee made me gather that my emotional shift journey for LinkedIn. Feelings graduated from annoyance to love with an ease. A decade ago, really!
Do I really need to mention that its biggest and busiest business networking site on the internet. LinkedIn has 200 million members worldwide and the network is growing by two members per second or 10-15 million members per quarter.
I have a ‘love and hate’ kind of relationship with numbers. (I like them when they make achievement look like one. I just start hating when they make a problem look bigger than its solution.) Today I am happy to share numbers for sure.
At present, over 2.8 million businesses have a LinkedIn Company Page. The popularity and global approach is evident from the fact that the website is available in 19 languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, 한국어, Italiano, Dutch, 日本语, Norsk, Polski, Português, Română, Русский, Svenska, Türkçe.
LinkedIn and its users did evolve gradually and both helped each other in tremendous ways. It has been a journey for both.
As a LinkedIn admirer, I want to raise a toast for LinkedIn and its users in my way. How about a quick 10 Things To Do LinkedIn List?
- Allocate and adhere to your LinkedIn time for each workday
- Stay up-to-date about your industry
- Stay in the know of your department and business development of your own and competitor’s business development
- Keep your LinkedIn inbox clean (not by deleting, by appropriate responses)
- Respond to professional requests in hours or days but never in weeks – Delayed response is as rude as no response
- Stay conversant with the groups you join
- Recognise people for their good work – Recommendations is a key – give and get recommendations, and now with the new feature of Skills endorsements, it’s another quick way to endorse your co-workers and old colleagues
- Stay conversant with your own company page, do value add whenever possible
- Be status active – Scan the status updates of your connections and nurture relationships
- Check your profile often – Would you follow you?
The list can go longer, leaving some room for my readers to add.
I am sure like me, for all you LinkedIn graduated from an annoyance as the moment you updated your details, to an essential business tool. I look at it as an authenticate business card today.
So on this note and toast wishing happy birthday to LinkedIn.