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Thursday, April 25, 2013

LinkedIn

Should I rejoin LinkedIn?

Do you use it? Do you feed your blog through it?

I was on it for a couple of years but I never used it much. I "thought" I had canceled the account, but I still get invitations to add this person or that one to my network.

Only when I went back in, it didn't recognize my email address or my password. Yet, it still sends me invitations to the email address it doesn't recognize.

So what do you think? Has LinkedIn been useful to you? 

Didn't someone hack into their database recently, or am I thinking of WordPress? 




22 comments:

Darke Conteur said...

LinkedIn has the same format now as the original Facebook. I'm on, not sure what to do with it though.

Mike Keyton said...

It keeps telling me things. Still haven't got the hang of it though or see the use. I'm sure there must be a way of getting the best from it. Maybe they'll tell me that one day

Angelina Rain said...

I never had a linkedin account but I get emails asking me to add so and so. I think it's a glitch in their system that sends those emails.

Maria Zannini said...

Darke: It's been so long since I've been on, I was kind of hoping they would've made things more transparent and WISWYG.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: :sigh: It makes me wonder if they use real people to beta test these things.

Maria Zannini said...

Angelina: Some people call that spam. I remember getting invitations from my husband and he says he never sent one.

I'm not sure if that says more about him than LinkedIn. :P

Stacy McKitrick said...

I have an account with LinkedIn, but never use it. Have no idea HOW to use it. Don't see the sense behind it, either. Why'd I sign up? Because I got a request from my Aunt (who is published). Now I'm wondering if she REALLY sent it.

There's just too much stuff out there!!!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I frequent LinkedIn occasionally. There are heaps of good groups, places to find answers to any questions, but as for promoting a novel I'm not so sure. It's another site, as someone said, similar to fb. :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...


After reading the comments above, I feel less guilty about ignoring the add-requests I get from my acquaintances. I used to use it when I was in the business world...haven't touched it in years.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I'm beginning to think all those invitations I got might be bogus.

I feel so unpopular now. :/

Maria Zannini said...

Suzanne: You're my first real expert. I think you're right though. It might be good for other businesses, but not necessarily authors.

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: I felt awfully guilty not accepting invitations. But now I'm glad I didn't. But I worry how many people they might've spammed with my account.

Angela Brown said...

Honestly, I've accepted invitations, been endorsed for my skills by others and recently did a rating or two. But please don't ask me HOW I did any of this. :-)

Is it worth being on? Not sure since I'm not even sure how to work it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think Wordpress was hacked. I too have a linkedin account that I receive invitations for but I never use it.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: You've gotten further along than most of us it seems.

This is more complicated than I thought.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: WordPress was recently hacked, but I did some research and it looks like LinkedIn was hacked last year during the summer.

Nobody's safe. :(

Shelley Munro said...

I haven't bothered with Linkedin, but I get invitations all the time. Drives me nuts.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: I'm beginning to think it's better that I not rejoin.

Giacomo Giammatteo said...

Maria: I have been using Linked-in for years in my business. I have almost 13,000 connections. With that said, I don’t see a lot of value yet for fiction authors. Please note the words “yet” and “fiction.” It is developing and evolving, and it’s doing it fast. They recently purchased Pulse which I’m sure will be incorporated quickly into their site, and they just came out with a new “contacts” app that seems to have a tremendous amount of promise for integrating social media aspects of a person’s life.

In addition, for non-fiction writers, it is a virtual goldmine, and they have some of the most well-developed groups and activity associated with said groups that I’ve seen anywhere. These are serious, business-minded people.

Now to get to the “yet” part. I have been seeing more and more authors and fiction related items popping up. There is a huge editors and writers group and several others. I have seen a lot of agents quietly developing a presence, not so much active in the sense of typical social media, but probably monitoring.

It’s not something I’d say a fiction author has to do to be successful, but I think it is one to watch, and if you write non fiction, don’t hesitate, get an account and get active now. The power of linked in is in the numbers. Example: I have 13,000 connections. If you have 2, and join with me, suddenly you have exposure to 13,002. Hope this helps. And if anyone wants to connect with me, here’s the link: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimgiammatteo

Maria Zannini said...

Jim: Just as I was ready to chuck LinkedIn out the window, you come along and give me reason to reconsider. I could see it being useful for Book Cover Diva. Thanks, Jim.

raelynbarclay said...

I don't have LinkedIn, never have had LinkedIn, but I've always received emails from people (mostly those I know, LOL) asking me to sign in, sign up, accept so-n-so's request, etc. I used to get this kind of email from Facebook, too, before I was sucked in...er, encouraged to join. I think it's just part of their system where people can have the site search their email or whatnot to find contacts.

All that being said, That Man is on LinkedIn due to his business and I'll refer you back to Jim's comment because he stated it better than That Man, LOL.

Good luck whichever way you go :)

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: I suppose I can give it some earnest effort for three months and see if it makes a difference. But first, finish the gardens. I think the weather has finally stabilized to put in the hot weather plants.