Learning to network

October 31, 2006

Alternatives

Filed under: Manage my network — Arthur M. Gallagher @ 5:28 pm

Reading on from Des Walsh’s recommendations, I was poised to start working my way down Rick Upton’s list of recommended steps to get the most out of LinkedIn (http://www.rickupton.com/linkedin-tips.htm).

I say poised, but my wandering attention had led me onto another page in Rick Upton’s site where he discusses alternative networks (http://linkedin-notes.blogspot.com/2005/08/which-network-linkedin-ryze-ecademy.html). Reading through this prompted me to look at OpenBC (https://www.openbc.com/), which is about to rebrand itself as Xing (I guess it wants to eschew the image of a distance learning institute in western Canada in favour of sounding like a Chinese teen band). Facetious humour aside, I kind of like the sound of something that is europa-centric, rather than state-side, and multilanguage features appeal to my fellow europeans, giving me a chance to develop networks using all the languages I can speak.

Considering they are planning to relaunch before year end, I think I will focus on LinkedIn for now, and try them out once they’re up and running (http://www.xing.com/)

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