6 great comments!

The Best Of Our First LIVE LinkedIn Discussion

LinkedIn, Discussion, Career professionals, connecting, advice, live, social networkingToday was our first “live” discussion on LinkedIn and, for a first try, it was a success.

We had 12 career professionals chatting with us and discussing the art of connecting on LinkedIn, how to do it well, and the mistakes people make.

 1 hour; 6 questions; 170 comments; we’d call that a great start!

So why a LinkedIn live discussion?

Well, LinkedIn groups need more true engagement. Without engagement, they can become stale wastelands where only spammers and seagulls hang out.

Seagulls are bloggers (are anyone with a link to share) who post their excrement and fly away.

So a live discussion is also fun because it adds an extra personal touch to the discussion – as well as an urgency to responding to someone.

And, guess what, it’s a chance to get to know your connections a little bit better. Perhaps even make some new friends.

We scheduled our next one for July 31 at 9:00 AM – join the LinkedIn group to get more information.

LinkedIn isn’t a perfect platform for a live discussion of course. The refresh rate is much slower than Twitter and you have to manage the notifications that come (or un-check the notification box) with each comment). And you can’t retweet or share comments.

Bill Boorman was right about the issues we would have – but in summary, people seemed to like it.

We like the longer form (no character limit) and because of the slower refresh rate, we felt less rushed to get a word in – a nice break from sucking on the fire hose in a really fast moving Twitter chat.

Here are some of the great comments that our participants made:

Randy Block's Comment

Hannah's Comment

Dawn's Comment

Kelly's Comment

Annette's Comment

Edward's Comment

Kristin's Comment

Joanne's Comment

Ryan Montano's Comment

Mike's Comment

Mark's Comment

Did you participate? What did you think of the inaugural discussion?

If not, why not? Hope we can get you in next time! 🙂

Click here to take a look at the discussion (you’ll need to join the group, of course). Thanks to those of you who participated!  

Thanks clasesdeperiodismo for the great photo via Flickr. 

Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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