Hoe LinkedIn gebruiken?

Jan Vermeiren schreef er een boek over maar deze video geeft je al een heel goed idee. Meer info over het boek (en waar je het kan kopen) vind je op de website “Hoe LinkedIn nu echt gebruiken“.


Connect LinkedIn with your blog

If you have a profile on LinkedIn, you might be interested in LinkedIn Applications. By bringing applications to LinkedIn, one has possibilities similar to Facebook applications.

For those of us who own a weblog, connecting your LinkedIn profile and your WordPress weblog is easy with the WordPress application. This gives your network the possibility to follow your weblog WITHOUT actually visiting it.

Need help connecting LinkedIn and your weblog? Don’t have a weblog but you would like to have one?
Get in touch with the friendly folks at DreamDivision and you could be online in no time!


In your Face(book)

After a long time of hesitation, I made myself a Facebook profile yesterday. Not really sure what to expect, not knowing if or how it will change my life. Maybe it will make it even easier for other people to connect with me, on top of my profiles on other social networks (eg: LinkedIn, Xing, Ecademy).

It has to be said, I will not be a very active member of Facebook right now. Having a profile is one thing but I am not willing to spend to much time on it. I have other things to do these days, launching a business for instance :-)

(Good friends can always connect with me, that’s why you are friends. All others will have to wait for a while since I am not going to allow the whole world in my private life, not from day 1 that is.)

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How to optimize your networking energy

Freelance Community FreelanceSwitch has a nice article about how to optimize your networking energy. The article itself was written by Jonathan Fields, who’s weblog can be found here.

… either be transparent about your motives or move on. Nobody likes to be used.

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The future of Social Networks

In a discussion I had with Thomas Power (CEO of Ecademy) last week, Google’s OpenSocial was one of the subjects. Thomas talked about how Ecademy evolved to the social network it is today, looking forward to what might change in the future.

A very interesting article that has a lot of information about social networks and the portability of a social identity was written by Brian Suda and can be found at Brian talks about technologies that could combine the power of Ecademy, Facebook, LinkedIn and many other networks. Google’s OpenSocial is still being developed, but OpenID is already implemented in several websites. Both technologies are based on the use of a single digital identy that can be used to use/login to various websites across the internet.

Update 09/12/2007:
Another interesting article about the future of social networks can be found at Alexander van Elsas’s weblog. According to Alexander, the future of social networks lies in interaction between people and not in the network itself.


Survey on the use of Social Networks

Online Social Networking websites (LinkedIn, Ecademy, Facebook, …) zijn voor veel mensen een manier om nieuwe contacten te leggen en bestaande contacten te onderhouden. Omdat er zo veel initiatieven zijn is het soms niet eenvoudig om door het bos de bomen te zien. Welk netwerk kies ik? Op welke website schrijf ik me in? Via welk netwerk kom ik het eenvoudigste in contact met een specifieke doelgroep. Dankzij An De Jonghe van Ulysses Consulting is vanaf nu meer geweten over Social Networking; de trends en verwachtingen, wie er gebruik van maakt en wat hiervoor de motivatie is. Met een enquete die wereldwijd gehouden werd, heeft ze alles duidelijk in kaart gebracht. Hieronder alvast het persbericht over de enquete, meer info en uitgebreide resultaten zijn terug te vinden op haar weblog.

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International Survey on the use of Social Networks:
Professional Networks Are Leading the Pack

Ulysses Consulting and Titans have announced the results of their survey on social networks worldwide. The survey was set up as research for the book “Social Networks Around The World: how is Web 2.0 changing your daily life?” by An De Jonghe, headhunter & social network expert.

Over 850 respondents from 54 countries took part in the online survey which was held from January 07 till July 07 on

Thirty to forty year olds made up the largest number with 35%, followed by twenty to thirty year olds and forty to fifty year olds, each with 24%. The majority (75%) is employed and has a partner (66%); 44% has children. Surprisingly enough, only 27% of the respondents were women, although other research shows they are the majority of social network users.

The participants of the survey were from Europe, the USA, South-America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australia but the Top 10 showed the following results:
Belgium (27%), the United Kingdom and the United States (15%), France (6%), Germany and the Netherlands (4%), India (3%) and Canada, Australia and Tunesia (2%).

Participants could choose from 335 different social networks and indicate which ones they were a member of. The Top 10 consisted of: Linkedin, Xing, Ecademy, Facebook, MySpace, Viadeo, Ryze, Orkut, Hi5 en 360° Yahoo. Strikingly enough, the first three social networks are predominantly business networks. When asked what their main reason is to join a social network, 89% of the respondents quote “professional reasons”, against a mere 53% “keeping in touch with friends”. It seems that the term “social network” has less to do with “socializing” than with “networking” nowadays.

For more details on the results of this survey, please visit :