LinkedIn Social Networking: How to utilize the services

LinkedIn, the social networking site is more geared up for the business-oriented professional. As of 9 August 2010, it has seen an impressive 75 million registered users over 200 countries. But are these users getting the most out of the site? Below are some tricks and tips to help the user utilize the service provided.

According to David Spark at CIO, the first important step to undertake is the setting up of your profile. Be sure to fill out all the public information from past job history to your current employer, your IM addresses, Skype user name, e-mail address, Twitter name and phone number. Potentially signing up to RSS feeds and Google Alerts will give the user the benefit of keeping up to date with hot industry issues and giving you the option of seeing who may be talking about you.

The aim of using LinkedIn is not just to provide a service to connect you to other people, its about filtering out those people that will benefit you with the products and services you provide. LinkedIn has now set up partnership with Twitter allowing the user’s status to be posted from one site to the other.

Services that can be utilized include, the integration between LinkedIn and Microsoft Outlook, and as from today, LinkedIn has now set up a new feature “Company Follow”. The business user can follow companies on the professional networking site and look at job leads and potential opportunities which could otherwise be missed.

What are your thoughts on LinkedIn? Do you think you will try out some of these tricks or tips? To read more about this check out CIO