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Are you discriminating because you use Social Networks to find candidates?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Ceccarelli Oct 1, 2009.

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My friend Siobhan is having an AHA moment. Watch her amazing story.

My friend Siobhan is having an AHA moment. Watch her amazing story.

Her story.

My aha moment happened two and a half years ago, when I lost a baby through a miscarriage. I got really depressed, so I decided to stop everything and go to Africa to try to see if I could help other people. I ended up volunteering with this organization that did malaria prevention in… Continue

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 11:24am OK I tried it and guess what...

About 2 weeks ago I got an email from the guys over at

I've been a member of TL for a while so it was nothing new, they send out a weekly email with a link to the db with all the new "inductees" so you can send invites to them via linkedin.

Anyho, in the weekly update they mentioned that they started a new "" type database but now you can also grow your network on any (or all!) of the world's top 20 social networking sites including LinkedIn, Facebook,… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:00am

My top 50 groups on Linkedin. And my criteria for keeping them.

My Linkedin groups

A few weeks ago Linkedin implemented a change in the number of group an individual could join on the network. I was a huge proponent of joining groups as a way of attracting new invitations. But with the policy change I've had to make some decisions on which groups to remain a member of. So I culled my original member list of 480 groups down to the 49 you see below. The criteria was simple; a) group had to relevant to my interests and or needs as an owner of HTC Research… Continue

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Fordyce Letter was nice enough to post my list of Social Networking Sites list.

Fordyce Letter

For a full updated list you can go here and scroll to the bottom of the page. HTC Research Social Networking Site List

Thanks Mark Berger.

Jeff Weidner

Posted on September 8, 2008 at 7:20pm — 1 Comment

Linkedin going after groups now.

Well they are starting to burn my butt and I'm not particularly happy about the latest change in Linkedins policy.

"In the coming days and weeks you might receive inquiries (and complaints) from members of your LinkedIn group(s) about the newly-instituted limit of 50 group memberships per LinkedIn member. You might also see a decrease in your group membership as LinkedIn members scramble to meet the newly-imposed limit. In any event, those who have not pared their membership lists… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 3:00pm

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At 10:25pm on January 1, 2009, Paul DeBettignies said…

I am the “Admin” for the Recruiters On LinkedIn group, You have recently joined and this is a "welcome" to the group and "here is how it works".

Over the past year I have been experimenting how best to facilitate members being able to connect with each other. Some want to connect with everyone and some are looking for a few meaningful connections.

1-2 times per week I send a group introduction message with 10-15 new members and reintroducing others.

What this means for you is simple, do you wish to be introduced to the group?

You have 4 options from which to choose:

(A) “Open Networker” with name, email address, and LinkedIn URL as you want to connect with anyone and everyone.

(B) “General Introduction” with name and LinkedIn URL as you are specific about who you want to connect with.

(C) “Lurker” no announcement will be made as you want to be on the sidelines connecting with people as you wish.

(D) “Super Open Networker” which is (A) plus having your contact information on the group page.

A caution on the “Open Networker”, you may be inundated with invitations to connect. For some this is exactly what they are hoping for and others this could be a pain.

I do ask, if you receive invitations from members you do not want to connect with that you “Archive” the message versus “I don’t know” so the sender is not penalized by LinkedIn although how you handle this is up to you.

Again your options are (A), (B), (C), (D).

Please include your LinkedIn URL and email address you prefer to receive invitations and send to

Thank you for your time.


At 11:48pm on July 31, 2008, Jeff Weidner said…
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Jack my linked in information
At 6:18pm on July 31, 2008, JackChang said…
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your useful information about my disscussion on finding passive applicants payment. Could I know your LinkedIn profile and connect to you? Hope to connect to you.

At 1:19pm on July 3, 2008, Jeff Weidner said…
LinkedIn Joins the Billionaires' Club
BusinessWeek Article Here

5 yrs old on May 5th 2008 and now valued at 1 Billion!!!!

Estimating 30 to 35 Million users by the end of 2008!!!!

On track to hit $100 Million in sales in 2008!!!

If you are not a member on Linkedin now is the time to sign up and be apart of the explosive growth.


AND Be sure to send me an invitation
At 4:01pm on June 19, 2008, Alex Truchot said…
Thank you for accepting my invite. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
If you would like to join my LinkedIn network, I accept all invitations.
View Alex Truchot's profile on LinkedIn
At 2:55pm on June 10, 2008, Susan Kang Nam said…
Thanks for your connection Jeff! Appreciate all of your LinkedIn tips!~

All the best,

At 2:17pm on May 21, 2008, Jeff Weidner said…
Real quick wanted to add another tip on how to get more connections on Linkedin. And FYI I'm over 5100 now so these techniques work. That's about 1000 connections in the last month and I've only sent 250 invites out. And another 100+- resends.

Old Invites can be a Gold Mine.
Yea I know you already sent them one invite but somehow it either got ignored or lost or forgotten.

I started going through my old invites and resending the invites to people and they started accepting them. Many replied back and stated they didn't know how they missed the first one, so something at Linkedin might be loosing invites or people aren't clearing out their invite box regularly and it gets archived/lost.

So go to your invitations then go to your Sent invitations.
Sort by click on the Status column you will see a bunch of invites that have a "blank" status. Then RIGHT click on each "subject line column" (this is where is says "Invitation to connect on LinkedIn" or "Join my network on LinkedIn") and open in it up in a new tab or new window. Then I click on a tab and scroll over the person's name and it will pop a little java window with a summary of their profile, I double check to make sure their are not already on my first level and click the Resend Button. I then type in a more personal note as to why I want to connect and hit send.

If there are any invitations without an email address or LI says they can't be delivered you can Withdraw the Invite. But, from what I've noticed, "Withdrawing" the invite does not necessarily put it back in your pool of available invites.

Once you go thru all the ones with "Blank" status, use the page numbers at the bottom and find the ones with a "Sent" status and do the same thing, Right Click and Click the Resend button and write a more personal note then hit Resend.

This will change both the Blank and the Sent status to a Replaced Status.

After a few weeks (3-4) you can go back thru all the Replaced and Resend again. I'm not sure how many times you can send someone an invitation before Linkedin won't allow you to send any more and my guess is that if after 2-3 Resends they still have accepted they either aren't going to ever accept or are just not active on Linkedin.

Also be fore-warned that if someone gets let's say 2 invites from you (one original and one resend) and they IDK both invites then Linkedin counts both IDK's against you. And with the 3 strike rule they will put your account on restriction.

Reference: An IDK is and response by the person receiving the invitation of (I Don't Know "Sender's Name") which not only declines the invitation but also puts a negative "mark" on your Linkedin profile. After 3 IDK's you will no longer be able to send someone an email without knowing their email address and Linkedin will not release additional invitations to you after you use up your initial 3000 invites. On a first offense of 3 IDK's they ask you to read the rules and agree to abide by them via email. Second offense they won't release more invites until you re-read the rules and "clean up" or explain your IDK's and third offense it's off with your head:-) just kidding same thing, you have to re-re-read clean up the IDK's and they won't release more invites to you =-( But the third offense they give you a much sterner warning and threaten to take away your account etc etc.

Jeff Weidner
HTC Research
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And join my group on Candidate Pipeline Development(TM) on Linkedin at
At 4:53pm on April 28, 2008, Robert D. Watkins said…
Hello and thanks for the invitation.

At 2:39pm on April 28, 2008, Lety said…

Thanks for the invite!

At 6:06pm on April 25, 2008, Rob Laseak said…
Thanks for adding my to your group Jeff!


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