10 LinkedIn Resources
As you continue building your LinkedIn presence, you might want to take advantage of additional websites that keep you up to date on new features and possibilities on LinkedIn. These sites explore common and uncommon uses for the website.
The official LinkedIn blog
Mario Sundar, previously a LinkedIn “evangelist” who promoted the company on his own blog, was hired by LinkedIn to run its official company blog. Every week, Mario and various LinkedIn employees put up fun, informative, and timely blog posts about new functions or changes to the site as well as success stories, case studies, and practical information to make your LinkedIn experience that much more rewarding.
As LinkedIn employees think up new functions and possibilities to add to the LinkedIn website, there is the need to test those ideas and understand how the user community would implement these new functions. LinkedIn Labs is the special site that hosts these new ideas.
LinkedIn employees post a small number of new projects or features and share them with the user base to find beta test users and gain feedback on these projects. Don’t expect to find a lot of technical support for these new functions; they are here for you to play with and possibly gain your support.
One great example of a LinkedIn Labs project is the Resume Builder. This tool interfaces with your existing LinkedIn profile and allows you to select a template and instantly build Microsoft Word or PDF-ready resumes.
LinkedIn learning webinars
LinkedIn launched a set of webinars designed to help you use your LinkedIn account more effectively and to introduce you to LinkedIn’s newest features and functionalities. These webinars and training videos are available from the LinkedIn Help Center. You can register for new webinars, which are typically held weekly.
A wiki is an Internet technology that allows multiple people to collaborate on gathering and presenting information. On a wiki site, anybody can create, add, or edit information, and those changes are then reviewed by other users, and ultimately approved or rejected.
One great LinkedIn wiki is MyLinkWiki, where users comment on and update the width and breadth of LinkedIn’s functionality and usefulness.
RSS Feeds with Feedspot
If you want to follow all the changes, additions, and updates of a website, blog, or profile page, the easiest way to do that is to read a list of just the changed or added information rather than combing the entire site over and over again. An RSS feed does precisely that by providing subscribers with this list of new information.
Many active LinkedIn users maintain an RSS feed for their profile so their friends and connections can get a list of the changes and updates. You just need an RSS feed reader.
Feedspot makes a great reader tool that you can use to handle all the RSS feeds you subscribe to, whether related to LinkedIn or not. You can install this free tool on practically any system. And a quick Google search for “RSS feed readers” can help you track down other feed readers to try.
Linked Intelligence Blog
When LinkedIn was growing in size and popularity during its earlier days, blogger Scott Allen put together the LinkedIntelligence site to cover LinkedIn and its many uses. Over the years, he built up a healthy amount of blog posts, links, and valuable information from himself and other bloggers regarding LinkedIn and how to use it.
The large repository of links and information can be helpful to new, intermediate, or power users of the site. The blog posts are divided into dozens of helpful categories, from LinkedIn News to Training & Coaching.
Rock the World with LinkedIn — podcast
At Rock the World with LinkedIn, Mike O’Neil and Lori Ruff reveal their LinkedIn “secrets” and chat with all sorts of LinkedIn “rock stars” and experts and answer their listeners’ most difficult LinkedIn questions.
They’ve also got a wealth of archived shows that are available for download, so you can listen to success stories and all sorts of tips. You can subscribe to this show and hear great interviews, tips, and stories of how other people and companies connect online.
Digsby Social Networking/IM/E-Mail Tool
If you’re an avid networker, consider using an aggregator — a special software tool you use to group all the information generated in all your social networks, and then present them in one tool.
One such application is Digsby, which promises to integrate your e-mail, Instant Messaging, and social networking accounts in one clean interface. After you download and set up Digsby, you can view a live newsfeed of all your friends and connections based on their events or activities on sites like LinkedIn, as well as manage chat sessions and see e-mail notifications.
Turn business Cards into LinkedIn contacts with CardMunch
CardMunch is a free iPhone app (owned by LinkedIn) that allows you to use the camera to take a picture of a business card, which CardMunch then converts into a contact for you, including that person’s LinkedIn profile information and any connections he shares with you on LinkedIn.
Make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer before downloading CardMunch, because CardMunch relies on the iTunes program to work with your iPhone.
One update for multiple sites with HootSuite
If you’re active on LinkedIn and other social networking sites, you probably hop from site to site. Well, instead of site hopping, you can use one function to update your status across all your social networking pages and microblogs: HootSuite.
It works like this: You log on to the site and enter your message into the dashboard. You then select the sites you want to update with your new status message, and HootSuite does the rest, reaching out to your various pages to add your new status message. It’s a great centralized way to keep all your various profiles as up to date as possible.