LinkedIn is a really popular social website resource for all types of professional people. LinkedIn has been here a long time, older than MySpace. I’m a judgment expert that writes often. For almost ten years, I have been a regular (free)-level member at LinkedIn. About a thousand members there have linked to me, most of them in the last 2 years.
Because LinkedIn is the best professional and popular social service around, its smart to connect with to strangers (to you, they are valid LinkedIn members) there, because it can help make new internet buddies and/or business leads. For about a decade, I’ve been accepting every incoming LinkedIn request that was authentic.
Our economy has remained weak, and both jobs and wages are still down. This kind of circumstance causes lots of folks to sign up with and use LinkedIn, looking for work leads or business leads. These days, it is smart to accept LinkedIn invitations from strangers, because what do you have to lose?
Because our economy has generally slid, I have seen an increased number of strangers are asking me to endorse them, usually at LinkedIn. Every week, I get at least ten LinkedIn requests for endorsement from strangers; and some even ask me to complete survey links related to them on LinkedIn, or at external web sites. As much as I want to help folks, it is a good idea to not endorse folks you don’t know of or know on LinkedIn, or anyplace else.
Another entertaining LinkedIn thing, is the number of strangers there that endorse me for my skills. Maybe they’re endorsing me due to the innovation of the business I began and operate. Although these endorsements are almost always correct, and I sure do not mind them, these folks do not actually know me at all.
Email scams are a big internet problem, and there’s spammers who send e-mails with addresses that are fake but look similar to LinkedIn. Try to respond just to e-mail invitations that are actually originating from the place they should be coming from (e.g.) LinkedIn. Try adjusting your e-mail program to see the complete header information, if you are not sure about the authenticity of an e-mail coming from LinkedIn or anywhere else.
LinkedIn rocks, and I really like them. They’re great for all professionals. Their free version is really good. If you want to increase your odds of hooking up with your peers, LinkedIn’s paid levels seem very fairly priced.
Whether you are using LinkedIn’s free version or their paid version, makesure to complete your profile. With old friends you find there, or new friends you make on LinkedIn; often it’s best to swap your email addresses with them there. This way, you don’t need to use just LinkedIn, to communicate with your buddies in the future.
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