Good Afternoon, Social Rabbit here with your guide to the world of social media.
LinkedIn has been making changes and is trying to be a bit of a cooler kid in the social networking playground. One of the latest updates is LinkedIn InMaps, as below. This allows you to have a visual picture of your professional network on LinkedIn (your first degree connections). The different colours represent how you know that person, you decide on what the colours mean. If you mouse over any of the dots you can see who that person is.
If you then click on a dot it will show you as below, who that person is and who they are connected to in your network. Here I can see that Aaron Lee is a purple connection dot and is connected to mostly other purples and one orange. For me purples are people I know in social media who live outside of Australia, and oranges are people who work in small business.
I would just like to say that it took me AGES to work out what each dot colour represented…. Then I couldn’t find Aaron again So not terribly useful, I also question why do I actually need to know how we are connected like that? I can tag people in their profiles to make my life easier…
I guess that the million dollar question is, will this be useful? I think YES potentially if you are a visual person and want to see how interconnected your professional relationships are. Otherwise it may be a useful way to start a conversation with people, in that you can see that they know x (good luck finding them in the dots!), however you can do this currently by going to the person’s profile and looking at shared connections. But otherwise is it pretty, but I can’t really see how it will be useful in a business sense.
LinkedIn say that you should work out what categories each colour of dots falls into for you, and then work out where you need to expand your connections, eg if one area is ex-colleagues and there aren’t many dots of that colour then perhaps you should expand that area of your connections. However, I think that we usually find that we connect to people for a reason, that we have met or worked with the person is usually not enough of a reason, we have to like them as well!
What do you think? Will you go and play with this once and then toss it aside or will it become a regular part of your LinkedIn experience?