I know that some of the in-crowd have abandoned LinkedIn for Twitter, Facebook and the new, new thing but LinkedIn remains the best way I know to connect with smart people across the world. There are a few people amongst the 50,000,000 registered white collar workers (out of a total estimated universe of 320,000,000), who abuse it but not in the way that other networks get spammed and filled with questionable content.
It struck me how valuable it was when I saw a question from Ed Vaizey Shadow Minister of Culture and Creative Industries about the best way for an incoming government to tackle the issue of online piracy. Who could he possibly be referring to…?
Within a few days he has had over 80 responses that are incredibly thoughtful (mainly), from some of the smartest people in the industry. The nice thing about LinkedIn -beyond the quality of the responses – is that you can see all of the answers easily, something that just wouldn’t be possible with Twitter or Faceboook.
Shameless plug – the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, is one of the entrepreneurs visiting the UK as part of the Silicon Valley comes to Cambridge programme in November. If you are the CEO of a web or cleantech company and would like to attend a free private CEO workshop on 21st November, apply now. Entry deadline is November 7th. Here for more information.
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