Why BranchOut, the LinkedIn of Facebook, Deserves Your Professional Attention

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We are all acquiring a virtual portfolio of social media websites where we have our profiles displayed and are using for a variety of purposes.  While we tend to use LinkedIn for professional networking, most professionals I meet use Facebook in a very private way.  In my recent book Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing, I argued that … [Read more...]

Why Branch Out Instead Of Linking In?

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While LinkedIn is at present the most popular social media network for professionals with approximately 135 million users, Facebook’s base of 800 million users seems to offer some potential competition for professional networking. There are already several networking-related applications on Facebook, but none seem to be as powerful as BranchOut for helping … [Read more...]

Social Media as a Catalyst for Social Change

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As we begin to close out this amazing year of growth (ubiquity?) of social media in 2011, it is time to take a look back and try to grasp at the true significance social media plays in our daily lives. Years ago, the masses were silent. As I often present in my speeches, up until just a little more than two decades ago mass communication was one way, and … [Read more...]

New Free Realtime People Search Engine Reveals All

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waatp.com. All opinions are 100% mine. With so much public information about us out there in social media and on the web, do you ever start to wonder what others can find out about you?  On the other hand, if you are doing social recruiting or looking to do business with or even get back in touch with … [Read more...]

How Much Time Should You Spend in Social Media?

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Whenever I speak to a large group or consult with a client on social media, I have a tendency to overwhelm my audience with the so many things that they could be using it for.  That leads to a growing fear for those that aren't active in social media that it will become a total time suck.  On the other hand, for those that start to get active and see its … [Read more...]

Do You Still Have Social Media Privacy Concerns?

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Social media and your privacy is an intriguing topic that we should all be concerned about.  On the one hand, Pete Cashmore of Mashable has already rightfully declared some time ago that Privacy is Dead.  On the other hand, there are those who are actually still afraid to join a social networking site because of privacy concerns.  It is these people that I … [Read more...]

Poken and Social Networking – The Perfect Match?

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What is a Poken? To be honest, I first encountered Poken on a business trip to Japan in December of 2009 and assumed the technology was Japanese because of its "cute" factor.  At first I didn't really understand exactly what it was until I saw it in action before my own eyes. In essence, similar to the iPhone Bump application, Poken allows you to … [Read more...]

8 Things I Learned about Social Media and Social Networking in 24 Hours in Toronto

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If you've been following my blog, you already know that I won a free ticket to fly to Toronto thanks to Virgin America's #VXToronto Twitter campaign.  I'll write about the "Virgin" experience later.  Right now I want to share with you all what I learned on this trip. I've had many people ask me, "Was the trip worth it?"  My answer, of course, is "Of … [Read more...]

Going on a Business Trip? Use the LinkedIn Events Application and Windmill Network!

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If you've followed my Windmill Networking blog for awhile or read my LinkedIn book, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the LinkedIn Events Application.  Seriously.  I wrote an April Fools's post back in 2009 complaining why Events wasn't considered an application with a blog post rhetorically entitled, "What are LinkedIn Applications?"  I was the first one … [Read more...]

How Many LinkedIn Connections Should You Have? My Advice May Surprise You! [VIDEO]

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Image by annapmagistra via Flickr LinkedIn is a very interesting social networking site.  Many users say they only want to connect with people in their closed network, but unless that network is big enough, the benefits of using LinkedIn to find and be found become minimal.  On the other hand, I find many users who don't care about acquiring LinkedIn … [Read more...]

Meteoric Growth in Social Networking – “It’s a Small World after All,” or Is It?


Today's guest blog post is from someone I met Windmill Networking on LinkedIn: my new friend from Holland Rudolf Kriens (it is coincidental yet fitting that Rudolf comes from the land of the windmill!).  Rudolf Kriens is an engineering management advisor, educator & keynote speaker. His specialty is streamlining of clients’ product development processes. … [Read more...]

LinkedIn Networking: 3 Ways to Find Great People to Connect With & Meet on LinkedIn


  After networking with several great people over the last several days, which have in essence been conversations that seem more like a veritable cross-breeding of ideas, I believe that more and more people are starting to see the potential value of meeting new people on LinkedIn. Now, just because you are open to doing this does not mean that … [Read more...]

LinkedIn Introductions: How Do I Ask for One?


LinkedIn Introductions are an integral part of the social networking platform.  After all, LinkedIn has given us the ability to search for someone and see how we are connected to them, and it is with this information that we can request an Introduction from our connection just as we request a referral from a friend in real life.  Unfortunately, very few … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Network

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' Everytime someone invites me to connect with them, I always send out a reply thanking them and also asking them to contact me should they ever need any help with LinkedIn.  I have had so many people, either directly or indirectly, help me that I thought I should give something back to the community.  Well, not everyone asks me a question, but by far the … [Read more...]