Here they go again our friends at LinkedIn. When will they learn not to interfere with the way their members want to engage and network around the 22million plus community. They have now restricted the number of Groups people can join (and why?) to 50. Sounds like a lot I know but there are very similar group names with small memberships so its likely you need to join them all the connect with your target interest group.
LinkedIn or LockedOut?
Which is more fitting?
I'm not sure if this is just a marketing ploy to introduce ECN, or if you are actually looking for a discussion about LinkedIn...but I'm going to reply either way. This is something I posted in reply to a different topic, but I believe it directly speaks to your comments about LinkedIn and social networking sites in general.
More and more Recruiting Professionals keep switching over to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc... to use these "alternative" sources. This is flooding those "alternatives" with Recruiters and much of the professional community is beginning to form a disfavorable opinion of those sites.
I am not very active anymore on LinkedIn because I was personally sick of Recruiters trying to connect to me. I would have 5-10 new requests per freaking day and it got old. Random requests for NO apparent reason other than because I was also a Recruiter. Honestly...I don't need 150-200 connections to other Recruiters. That's just ridiculous.
So as you continue to flood these "alternatives methods" what was (again) once niche is now becoming mainstream. How is that any better than the way you were Recruiting before?
Devil's Advocate: Is it realistic to maintain nearly 5,000 connections? Would you put your reputation at stake to refer these people to work for a close friend? I would ask what the point of LinkedIn is. Is it a way to find info on thousands of people you don't know, or a service to build your network through personal relationships that you can leverage? Thoughts?