Linkedin is a marvelous tool for professionals. This is nothing new and given my limited readership, we probably are connected via Linkedin already. Here are some personal rules I follow when using the tool:
- Don't collect connections
- Only Connect with people you discussed or corresponded with and whom you feel are professionals
- Connect with co-workers and former colleagues
- Ignore invites from people you don't know
- Import your list of contacts to reconnect with former business partners
- Recommend former colleagues but not current colleagues
- Rarely ask for a recommendation and only if you already gave one some time before
- Use a personal e-mail address for logging in, not a work e-mail address
- Register any new e-mail address that you expect people to use now or in the future
- Provide a summary and complete profile. Vendors, customers, former colleagues, future colleagues, and prospective recruits are likely to examine it before engaging in business with you.
I don't see much value in groups or discussions. Unfortunately, signal to noise ratio is very low in those forums.
I religiously follow my connections' updates and their new connections. This is great to find common colleagues or out of touch friends.
Please share with me your personal rules for Linkedin. I am always interested in learning new tricks.