I joined Linkedin this week. For months I’ve received invitation to join, mostly from people I didn’t know. I think they simply invited everyone on their email address list. A couple of invitation came from people I did know, but when I asked them what the advantage was, they weren’t sure.
Now that I’ve joined Linkedin, I’m not sure either. There are some people who belong that I haven’t “talked” to for a long time. I was glad to “link up” with them. And those who fill in the information have interesting pages. However, what I’ve discovered so far is many of the people I’m “linked with” don’t have anything showing other than very basic information.
One of the reasons I joined this time was the invitation came from a friend/writer I know fairly well. She doesn’t normally join all of these social groups and is so well known, she really doesn’t need to join in order to sell books. I figured if she joined, maybe I should, too.
Also I recently looked at the web site of an agent, and one of the things the agent wants in a query letter (sent via e-mail) is what social groups the writer belongs to, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. (There were a couple others on the agent’s list that I hadn’t heard of before. Guess I’ll have to look into those.) Since I’m nearing completion of the story I’ve been working on for over a year and would love to get an agent to handle it, I decided I’d better make sure I could show I belonged to at least some of the required social networks.
The problem is, as I see it, how can a writer ever find the time to write and also keep up with all these social networks? And what do you say? I’m certainly not going to start posting what I do every day. (Got up, had coffee, fed the dog, had more coffee, walked the dog, etc.) And when I’m working on a story, I don’t like to “talk” about it. Which means I’m usually either commenting on others’ postings (which I enjoy doing) or posting some sort of promotion (which can be a turn off if done too often).
Anyway, for better or worse, I’m now Linkedin. Want to link up with me? (Oh, that sounds naughty.) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maris-soule/47/320/512