Dr. Sharon Nash, Ph.D. Blogs About LinkedIn

It sounds so much more official that way… much better than, “My mom posted on the LinkedIn blog today…”

Either version is true – today’s post on the LinkedIn corporate blog is from my mother, Dr. Sharon Nash, Ph.D. After my initial post on the corporate blog, I was surprised at how many people sent in comments about the fact that my mother was on LinkedIn. Since she is a relatively new user to the site, and a professional expert on relationships and people, we thought it would be an interesting user story to tell.

Considering that it is her first blog post ever, I think she did quite well. In fact, I think the bigger dilemma for her was picking the right picture to use. 🙂

The fact that my mother has enjoyed LinkedIn so much that she has recommended it to over 85 (and counting) colleagues and friends is incredibly validating. I spent four years at eBay trying to break her of the typical e-commerce habit, and never succeeded. Not even eBay Express, I’m afraid.

I’ve become increasingly convinced that the opportunity for LinkedIn goes far beyond the site as it stands today. There is a very real human interest in connecting with your trusted colleagues and friends in a professional environment. We have only scratched the surface of the interesting and useful applications for professionals built over this platform. Right now, most software and web applications are still based around a model that assumes that data & information are the basis for getting things done. However, in the real world, most problems are solved by referral and advice from the people that you trust & respect. LinkedIn enables exactly that type of model, and that makes me incredibly optimistic about the future for the site and the platform.

Or if you don’t believe me, ask my Mom. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Dr. Sharon Nash, Ph.D. Blogs About LinkedIn

  1. Nice point.

    “Right now, most software and web applications are still based around a model that assumes that data & information are the basis for getting things done. However, in the real world, most problems are solved by referral and advice from the people that you trust & respect.”

    Entrepreneurs understand this, it’s in their DNA but big companies become blind to it. I see a bright future for LinkedIn

  2. Hi Adam,

    I think that looking forward for a great future for Linkedin, we must all contribute and express our ideas on how to build a better linkedin. For example, I recently read a post (posted 2 months ago) about a Recruiter that tell us new Linkedin features for recruiters. I guess.. what everyone could say the same? That will be a great future!!! I see a great great future for linkedin but I believe that in this changing world we all must be prepared for new things. I don’t linke Facebook too much, but there are a lot of people saying: “I guess I will leave Linkedin, move to facebook and build my business there”….

    I write a blog I started last week about just what you are talking about: the future of linkedin. I’m not trying to only promote my blog but it’s just the topic you are talking about 🙂

    We all must contribute to build a better linkedin for everyone in business.

    Fernando
    http://sociallinkedin.wordpress.com

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