Tuesday, July 29, 2008

LinkedIn Group has 1000 Members

I like LinkedIn.com as a social networking site because of its professional demeanor. No one writes on your wall, and you don't need to worry about being attacked by vampires or zombies. It is easy to put up a good version of a resume and you are encouraged to ask questions and other profession types will often give very intelligent answers.

Last October(2007) Eric Chan created a group on LinkedIn to help SigEps find each other and build their personal networks of contacts. He knew me from the blog and invited me to be one of the first members. Groups on LinkedIn are not very intrusive. Mostly you can search them and send a message to a member even if you don't have a direct "network" connection to them.

I published the link to join the group here (it's on the sidebar), made a few posts about it, and went about making sure that more people knew about it. Any time I connected with a SigEp on LinkedIn I'd make sure they got a link to the group so they could join too, and many have.

Today, the group got its 1000th member. That is noteworthy in itself, but there is more to the story and it has direct bearing on our "Lifetime Experience."

While helping people join the group (Eric made me an 'admin' so I could approve requests) I have reconnected with at least half a dozen of my chapter brothers from thirty-odd years ago. And it is interesting to see how they turned out: Randy is the head of United Way in Albuquerque, NM; Alan is CEO of McCormick (as in Spices); Steve is a "product management evangelist" - whatever that is. They don't know it yet but I'm going to nag them to come back to our next Alumni Weekend. I have also connected with several younger alums whom I have yet to meet in person, but I hope to at an alumni reunion soon.

I'll bet that there are several SigEps out there that you remember from your days in the chapter or maybe a guy you talked to at a Conclave but didn't get an email address. Wouldn't it be neat to find out what they are up to? You might even make a business connection.

If you have a LinkedIn account you can request to be added simply by clicking on the link. If you don't, the same link will help you sign up first.

By the way, when you sign up be sure to ask me to connect, too.