We all know lots of people. Your extended network can run to hundreds of people. However, with a world on turbo-charge, it’s easy to forget the people you’ve met, that’s why it’s important to keep track of who you know. Social media is one of the simplest ways to do this, particularly Linkedin.
If you do meet someone interesting, follow them up the next day on Linkedin. If they accept your request to link up, then a number of things happen. Firstly, you see who they know. Secondly, you get an automatic update of their status updates and new connections. It also means that if you keep your Linkedin up to date and also your status updates, you also get to keep front of mind with them. Linkedin, unlike Twitter, pushes status updates out via e-mail and a summary of their activity, so it adds another layer to the platforms you may already use. I blogged about this previously about how I use a Linkedin column in Tweetdeck (post here).
I’ev lost count of the number of people I know in the industry who I catch up with at indsutry dinners who always make a note to come and say hello. Why? Because, although we haven’t seen each other in person or even spoken on a phone, however, they do keep up to date with whats going on with me, and vice-versa via Linkedin updates. If you’re new to Linkedin, I’ve put my Ten top hints and tips up here.