Bruce Israel wrote:
> Just to give you an alternate point of view; I like LinkedIn, though I
> don't spend a lot of time there. Rather than looking at it as a
> "circle of self aggrandizement ", I view it as an extended address
> book in my professional life; it allows me to keep references to
> people I'd like to stay in touch with or at the very least maintain
> contact information for, and I can track when someone I know has moved
> from one place to another. I don't add Bill Gates or Mark Cuban to my
> circle of friends (I once saw Mark Cuban on someone's contact list on
> something like that, maybe facebook, and when I clicked through to
> explore I saw that he had thousands or tens of thousands of close
> friends :-) ), and if someone I don't know asks me to link, I either
> ignore the request or ask them if I know them.
> So every one of my (currently) 53 contacts are people that I've either
> worked with or had substantial interaction with. And while I haven't
> used it that way much, I do like the fact that I can see 2nd level
> contacts, where those people have been and who they know, in case I
> have such a need.
Makes sense. Reminds me pretty much how I expected to use the site (and
did, for a while).
However, in that situation, why not use something like Plaxo? It has
more utility in keeping track of people, syncs with your PIM, if you use
one, and seems to do most of what Linkedin does (for free).
The fact that you can see second level contacts on Linkedin is more of a
tease to me than utility; I suppose that if Linkedin offered it's
advanced functionality on a trial basis, I could find out for myself
whether it's worth it (to me). However, as it is, it seems like a waste,
since the business model jumps ahead in their list of priorities than
trying to sell me, the user.
But maybe I'm not their target market, which I think is kinda dumb, but
I'm sure their management team knows what they are doing.
Facebook doesn't charge. Linkedin might want to think about the fact
that competition may spring up that will decimate their userbase --
everyone knows that it's /really/ hard to compete with free, especially
when the competition actually does it better.