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Is LinkedIn still relevant?

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I have a LinkedIn account and profile – here it is: This  LinkedIn Snakes and Ladders from Sue Beckingham is just perfect for anyone who has a LinkedIn profile, student or staff. LinkedIn snakes or ladders? My question is, do we still need LinkedIn? Are those of use who are active elsewhere (Twitter, FaceBook, Google, blogs, etc.) doing enough already, or do we need this ‘amalgamator’ that is LinkedIn to pull our work together? Do you use LinkedIn to find out about people you encounter?

Social networking & the workplace


What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. In this post, Clive Shepherd outlines four roles for social media in workplace learning (for further details please read his post!): Paul Adams summed the essential problem up nicely in “ Stop talking about “social ”. Social is not a feature.

How LinkedIn works

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billion searches on the LinkedIn platform. LinkedIn now has over 2,116 employees (up from 500 in 2010). What are you doing with your students to help them use social networks so they work for them, not against? There are some more excellent infographics on Jeff Bullas’ blog  (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+), check them out.


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I’ve been reading with interest recent articles and blog posts proclaiming that social practices won’t work in the enterprise. Posts such as ‘ You ready to fail at social networking ’ and the excellent post from Jeevan Joshi  ’4 reasons why employee social learning will fail at work ‘, have really made me think and reflect on the hype surrounding social business and more specifically the rise of social networks / communities within the work environment. Do you want to provide a social space for your people?

Book Review: “Using Social Media in the Classroom” #edtech

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Regular readers will know I have an interest in using, and understanding how we can use, Social Media and Social Networks with students and learning. It is also about using the different tools and techniques for learning and Social Media and Social Networks are a valuable source of learning materials from many different cultures and backgrounds.

The Web 3.0 Social Network

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hope you enjoy it. :-) For many people the Social Web is simply far too complex to organise. Many of us have unwanted or unused Facebook, Myspace, Flickr or Bebo accounts 'out there' that we haven't visited or done anything with for a very long time. They fail to make optimum use of their social network because they don't know enough about its potential. Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown , a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking. They even publish their location. Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown , a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking. They even publish their location.

How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

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The power of tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer, are pretty astounding. These tools give us a way to connect with people faster and more easily than ever before. A lot of the Social Media Mavens , however, are really ranting, not about the technology, but about the human dynamics related to social networking.  Blog this! More about me here. Properly d.

4 Implications of Microsoft’s Acquisition of LinkedIn

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Microsoft’s recent acquisition of LinkedIn has created ripples in the world of technology. believe the deal between Microsoft and LinkedIn could have 4 major implications for the corporate world. Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn could lead to the integration of LinkedIn, SharePoint, Yammer, and Excel, resulting in the emergence of a comprehensive talent management platform.

Does your avatar matter?

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We all have an avatar on our social network accounts. At the time he was useful as few people used illustrations, favouring more social and personal photos. He was used everywhere, except LinkedIn. For LinkedIn I used a (slightly) more professional, but stylised, B&W photo. How LinkedIn works. But what does your avatar say about you? Smile? Colour?

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Online Branding for Academics

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Every so often I’ll have a discussion with an academic around “this facebook thing” or “what’s the point of Twitter” Each time it’s for a different reason or coming from a different perspective or background. Do they want to get hits or recognition, do they want to build a social profile and/or ‘digital footprint’?

Gearing up for #ALTC 2015

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LinkedIn: David Hopkins. CMALT Conferences ALT ALTC Conference Google Learner Analytics Learning Analytics Learning Technologist Learning Technology LinkedIn Sketchnote Social Learning Social Media Social Network Twitterthink I may need to compare notes with someone who can get to some of the sessions I miss? . Twitter: hopkinsdavid. ALTC profile: dhopkins.

Where would I be without Twitter?

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Now, over 5 years later I’ve changed it (finally) and now use the same avatar across all networks. I’m still not sure if I’ll swap back, but for the moment I’ll stick with it. mine – despite the feeling of ownership or control over my / our network, we ought to remember it’s not, nor will it ever be. Some are re-tweets (RT), mentions, replies, etc.

Marketing Your Association to Millennials: Make it Social

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Years ago, while interning for a social media marketer, I was taught the value of social media to engage and attract business. Today social media marketing has changed from meme generation, to promoted posts and tweets, image ads, and pay-per-click (PPC)  campaigns on big name social media sites. Facebook. LinkedIn. Share this on Facebook. Twitter.

The ultimate LinkedIn cheat sheet

Jane Hart

With Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn in the news, here’s a LinkedIn cheat sheet (from Leisure Jobs ) that will help you quickly create the perfect Linkedin profile, maximise your online visibility, build your contact list or get contacted about a new job. Social

LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers

Tony Karrer

I do a lot of presentations where one of the topics is how to use LinkedIn more effectively as part of your knowledge work. In most cases, I will ask for a show of hands: How many of you have a LinkedIn Account? How many of you actively use LinkedIn? How many of you get really high value from LinkedIn? - Now down to 2-5% I am continually surprised by this result ( Getting Value from LinkedIn ). can't remember how I could get things done without LinkedIn. And I consider knowing how to effectively use LinkedIn to be a core Work Literacy.

Facilitating an online course #BYOD4L

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Facebook Group - eLearning BYOD BYOD4L Chrissi Nerantzi Community Facebook LinkedIn Online Course Open Badges Personal Learning Social Learning Social Network Sue Beckingham Twitter The list of my BYOD4L posts will grow, so use this link to see them all, to date. Twitter: Main Hashtag: #BYOD4L. edcmooc.

Reading: Digital Vertigo #digitalvertigo

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But, more importantly, it’s made us question our own individual interest and reliance on online tools, websites, networks and activities. Digital Vertigo: how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorientating us  by Andrew Keen ( @ajkeen ). All this needs to be fitted into an already full timetable of work, family, and social lives.

Social Media: Increase Your Visibility by Sharing Content via LinkedIn Pulse

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One of the more obscure features of LinkedIn I have come to love is Pulse, which gives you access to industry professionals and global leaders in a variety of fields. You "follow" them, much like you would on any social media platform. To access Pulse, log into your LinkedIn account and choose  Interests > Pulse. LinkedIn Social Media

#BYOD4L Day 2: Communicating, networking, and noise

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But communication is now enhanced, and sometimes replaced, by social tools like Facebook, Twitter, blogging, commenting, even Instagram or Vine. Facebook vs Twitter? Communication is big news. What you use says as much about you as the tools you don’t. The Twitter chat posed some serious questions which was tweeted and discussed at length. Here’s what we asked: .

Google+ … Room for another social network?

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However, skeptics around the world question the potential of Google+ with the failure of Google Wave and competition from Facebook. Although Google+ is still in its early stages, its unique infrastructure – focused on distinguishing user groups – might be all that is needed for this network to rise above its competitors – including LinkedIn. Dhanji R. Ask A Gen Y

In What order do you favor the BIG 4 Social Networks, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn? Chime in

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In what order to you favor the Big 4 #SoMe Networks. Twitter = 1; Google+ = 2; Facebook = 3 and LinkeIn = 4. Today I’m having a little fun asking my friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ to share in what order they favor the big four Social Networking sites out there. As you can see by my tweet at the top of this post, for me it’s Twitter first, Google+ second, Facebook third and LinkedIn last. will be keeping an eye on the replies I get to my Tweet and list them here via a cool Social Media app called Storify.

Do students understand their ‘digital footprint’ and how it can affect their employability?

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Last year I presented to a group of 1st year Business School students on the topic of their use of Social Media and Social Networking websites and how this could have implications on their employability. Presentation: Social Media & how (students) can survive online (2010). The sacked nun, a baby called Facebook and the story of the worlds most popular website.

Questioning social media

Clive on Learning

The recent arrival of a new social network in the form of Google+ has given cause for reflection from some long-serving social media users and advocates. Cammy Bean describes how she has been Taking a TechFast to relieve her symptoms of SoMeFat (social media fatigue), which has been "heightened now with the additional disorder of Multiple Social Network Disorder (Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+ to keep up with!)." Beyond that, however, social media is getting credit for things it’s merely flowing, not actually creating.

Terms and Conditions May Apply

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Related posts: Social Media for Staff: Legal Checklist. Social Media Policy. Social Network Ello Facebook Google LinkedIn Netflix Social Media Twitter Video YouTube If you’ve not heard about the film ‘Terms and Conditions May Apply’ then you ought to go look it up. Here’s the trailer: YouTube: Terms and Conditions May Apply.

How Social Learning is Powering Up Today’s Workplaces


” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory). “ The research isn’t heartening. We’re still seeing an avoidance of social learning, the continual use of courses as the only solution, and consequently organizations that can’t adapt fast enough.” – Clark Quinn. Some of the questions we had in mind were: What benefits does social learning offer to workplaces of today?

Your Professional Profile

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How do you ensure you keep your online profile, your ‘digital footprint’, consistent and professional, your contact list up to date with you career, growing your network of influence whilst keeping your skill base and research activities up to date and relevant? One way is with with LinkedIn: YouTube: What is LinkedIn? How LinkedIn works.

Can Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin GET YOU A JOB?


No social media tool is going to get you a job, unless social media is your business. Worse yet, social media might even turn them off you, so use these tools WISELY (especially, if you are looking for a job)! A BIG YES! Though, social media tools like Facebook , Twitter and Linkedin can make yourself (resume) more visible and attractive to job hunters out there, and increasingly they are using such tools to discover the real (virtual) you. THINK TWICE before Facebooking, Tweeting and Linkedining anything that you would not want your parents to know.

Social Media in Universities (Infographic)

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Another great Infographic, this time on the ‘research’ (I use the term loosely) on the ‘Pros and Cons of Social Media in (Higher) Education’ Click here or on the image below for the full infographic highlighting how social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc). I do like the final section which actually highlights some of the benefits/successes and challenges that Universities will encounter as they try and implement a social media campaign. Related posts: Infographic: The Social Landscape. Are we addicted to Social Media?

LinkedIn Connection Approach Rethought

Tony Karrer

If you read my blog much, you know that I use LinkedIn quite a bit to help me find experts and expertise. You can see how I do this in my posts/screencasts LinkedIn Searching for Experts and Expertise and LinkedIn Answers to Get Help. And, I sometimes wonder what I did before I had LinkedIn as a resource. An individual's social network (online or offline) is divided into three groups: PANs = Potentially Active Network CANs = Currently Active Network FANs = Formerly Active Network I used to think of LinkedIn as containing exactly my CAN and FAN.

Infographic: LinkedIn Bootcamp: Basic Training For The Personal Marketer


LinkedIn is the proverbial dark horse of social media: we all know it’s there, but few of us use it to its full potential. With just a little bit of effort you will see how the powerful social site can help you market yourself and your business far more than you imagined. Online Training LinkedIn Marketing social media trainingClick image to enlarge).

How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning?

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These people, who I’ve built my Personal Learning Network (PLN) around, have made me laugh, cry, think, reflect, criticise, critique, avoid, seek out, and generally strive to know more about myself. Twitter has enabled me to leave my institutional network and reach further afield: nationally and internationally. That’s because that’s what I use Twitter for.

What is a Learning Technologist (part 5)?

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” Many of the people I converse with on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, at work, at conferences, etc, are also of this opinion: that it is more than just the final result that the LT (Learning Technologist) is interested in, that the LT can be a vital part of the whole process in getting the learning materials researched, set up, assessed, etc. “For example, instructional designers are managing communities of practice, curating content, facilitating online discussion groups, organizing events and supporting of social media for learning. part 3).