LinkedIn's a very well-known networking website resource for all kinds of professional people. LinkedIn's been around a long time, older than Facebook. I'm a judgment expert that writes often. For about a decade, I have been a (free) regular-level LinkedIn member. Almost a thousand LinkedIn members have linked to me, mostly over the last 2 years.
Because LinkedIn is the most popular and professional networking service around, it makes sense to reach out to strangers (just to you, they are verified LinkedIn members) there, as that may help make new online buddies and business leads. For about a decade, I have been accepting every incoming LinkedIn request that was authentic.
The economic situation has been stagnant, and both jobs and wages remain under pressure. This kind of situation causes many folks to sign up with and use LinkedIn, looking for work leads or business leads. These days, it is smart to accept LinkedIn invitations from strangers, because what do you have to lose?
As our economic situation has generally declined, I have seen more strangers have asked for my endorsement, usually on LinkedIn. Every week, I get at least 10 LinkedIn requests for endorsement from strangers; and some even request that I complete survey links related to them on LinkedIn, or even on other sites. As much as I would like to help folks, it's best to avoid endorsing folks you don't know of or know on LinkedIn, or anyplace else.
One other interesting thing at LinkedIn, is the number of strangers there that have endorsed me for my skills. Perhaps they are endorsing me due to the uniqueness of the business I started and run. While the endorsements are almost always correct, and I really do not mind them, those people don't really know me at all.
Phishing is a big problem on the internet, and there are spammers who send e-mails with addresses that are fake but look similar to LinkedIn. Try to respond only to e-mail invitations that are really originating from the place they should be originating from (e.g.) LinkedIn. Try adjusting your e-mail program to see the full header information, when you are unsure of the authenticity of an email coming from LinkedIn or anywhere else.
I really like LinkedIn and they rock. They're good news for all professionals. Their free level is very good. If you are trying to increase the chances of hooking up with your peers, LinkedIn's paid levels seem very reasonably priced.
Whether you're using LinkedIn's free level or their paid level, becertain that you fill out your profile there. With old friends you see there, or new buddies you make on LinkedIn; often it is a good idea to swap your email addresses with them there. That way, you do not have to use only LinkedIn, to communicate with your buddies in the future.
Mark Shapiro of http://www.JudgmentBuy.com - The easiest and fastest way to find the right expert to buy or recover your judgment.
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