LinkedIn is a professional network for business and (and nonprofit professionals.) It is often described as an online social network for job seekers. Perhaps because initially your profile was structured like an online version of your resume. Let me tell you, LinkedIn can be a terrific place to develop professional contacts, grow your business, and promote your work and opportunities. There are many good reasons why nonprofit professionals use online professional networking sites liked LinkedIn.
Earlier this week LinkedIn announced its applications platform that includes a small number of well-chosen apps that can enhance your professional networking profile. You can add your blog content, slide shows, reading lists, files, business travel, and more. (Chris Brogan calls the addition of adding your business travel schedule "dog clever." Since LinkedIn is primarily a professional networking site that can help you find job prospects, works prospects, and
What I like most about LinkedIn applications is that they are focused on professional use. I also like that there aren't hundreds of them, and so far the two installed were not buggy. Oh, did I mention that I like the way they look on my profile? The best benefit of all is that installation process doesn't suggest that I "invite my friends to install." What that means is that I won't have to spend time on LinkedIn ignoring application invitations.
But applications alone don't make well designed and effective LinkedIn profile. Here's some great advice from Chris Brogan who how make your LinkedIn profile support your professional goals. (more here)
Linked In How-Tos and Tips
Creating Conversations and Relationships Using LinkedIn SOBcon09 - Biz School For Bloggers
Guy Kawasaki's list of Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn and LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover.
Chris Brogan, Write Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Future
Chris Brogan, LinkedIn Profile Tips
Linked In Applications
Michele Martin, LinkedIn Applications
Chris Brogan, Drop Everything - Run To LinkedIn Now
Read/Write Web - LinkedIn Applications: Your Resume Just Got More Dynamic
TechCrunch, Linked In Means Business With New Application Platform
What do you think of LinkedIn adding apps? Do you any value of using LinkedIn as a nonprofit professional?