Prompt #4 – Linked In

Connecting on LinkedIn

It’s Day 4 of the Author Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt is:

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Launched in May 2003, it has undergone many metamorphoses – the most recent of which involved retiring two of its most popular features, LinkedIn Events and LinkedIn Answers. Are you using LinkedIn to promote yourself as an author? Does your professional profile include or feature your writing? What is the best connection you’ve made through your involvement on LinkedIn? With whom would you still like to connect? Might LinkedIn be a good vehicle for making such a connection? What is your biggest question, frustration, or suggestion regarding LinkedIn? IF YOU’RE NOT USING LinkedIn, why not? Here’s a good overview of LinkedIn’s featuresAfter perusing it, how MIGHT you use LinkedIn to help build your author profile? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us the link to your LinkedIn profile.

I have got a LinedIn profile. You can find me here. To be honest, I haven’t used it too much, though I do have an auto feed there from my blog. The main reason for this is I don’t really know how to use my profile. According to my stats, I don’t get traffic from my profile.

My professional profile doesn’t really feature my writing, partly because I haven’t got anything published – yet! I’m sure I’ll make more use of it when it’s time for a book launch or two.

The most annoying thing I find is when people send me a connection request and say that I’m a friend, but I have no idea who they are or why they want to connect with me. I wish they would leave a message telling me why they want to connect. I check out their profile, but that gives no clues either.

The next thing is when people add me to their email lists. Just because I’ve connected on LinkedIn does not give you permission to use my email address in your email list. I have unconnected with people who do this. I get so many emails, I don’t want yet another newsletter, especially if it’s one I haven’t requested, forgetting the fact that it’s against the Australian spam laws that say people must opt in to your list.

Rant over – I’m looking forward to reading how other use LinkedIn to promote themselves as writers. Hopefully I’ll pick up some tips from your posts. If you want to connect with me on Linked in, please let me know who you are.

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  1. They’re the kind of things that put me off signing up Melissa. I got a request to sign up from someone that I worked with twenty+ years ago, the company we worked for has since folded and we’re both doing completely different things now so really what is the point? I can understand it being useful in a professional capacity but all the random requests defeat the object.

  2. I auto post to LinkedIn. Other than that I haven’t really used it.

  3. I’m with you I have exactly the same linked profile on LinkedIn. Initially I went on there and I have my published books in my profile, must add the next one. Still I haven’t had time to play with it. Enjoying reading all the posts though.

  4. I am on LinkedIn, but only for my “day career”, which is not at all associated with my nighttime blogging. I share some of your annoyances, although (to date) I have not ended up on anyone’s email newsletter list. (May that continue!)

  5. Thanks for the request, Melissa! I hate spammy e-mails from LinkedIn as well and tend to block those that send them. When I send out an e-mail there, which is about once a year, it’s always offering something free to my connections. My way of giving back 🙂 WRITE ON!

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