I have been very reluctant in putting personal and/or professional information out there into the Internet’s ether over the years and have found that while completing the MIT(LIS) degree creating an account with LinkedIn had a mental barrier.
While it can be said LinkedIn is one of today’s biggest social networks, LinkedIn actually provides a great deal of exposure to businesses and can help connect potential new partners, business opportunities, or employees with employers. It can be seen LinkedIn is mainly a professional network for business while incorporating many social aspects that result in many small business owners join LinkedIn with visions of expanding their ventures and creating new connections that may prove beneficial.
A Forbes’ article stated that according to the Pew Research Center, LinkedIn usage is especially high among the educated (bachelor degree holders and up), and high earners (those making $75,000 per year or more). Additionally, the Pew Research divulged that higher usage is among 50-64 year olds, which means that those with more professional experience (and who are more likely to be in a position to hire) are on the site.
As a social networking platform, LinkedIn is a great way to stay up to date with news from a multitude of businesses, including the library and information sector, or in a field of personal interest. This is a major benefit as it keeps an individual in the loop, indicates upcoming trends or big ideas and provides a ripe stomping ground for sharing experiences and advise among experts surrounding topics that are important to a business.
Similar to Facebook, LinkedIn will tell you all the major data you need to know about a company as well as give you the professional profiles of the individuals associated with the business – from employees to investors. Access to this type of specific data and information allows users to easily find potential partners or recruit new employees, saving a lot of time, energy, and resources.
LinkedIn also has search engine exposure which enables search platforms such as Google or Bing or any other to search for a LinkedIn profile.
So far, my LinkedIn profile is only a fledgling that will be grow as time progresses through the forthcoming years. It will be during that time that I will be adding more professional information about myself and career as a information professional based in the public library sector.