LinkedIn Myth: Why Should I Use LinkedIn When I Have Google?

Time for busting another LinkedIn myth: why should I use LinkedIn when I have Google (or other search engines)

My answer to this one is very short:

Google is an excellent resource to find information. So use it when you look for information.

LinkedIn is a collection of people and the relationships between them. Use LinkedIn when you are looking for a person. You won’t only find out more about this person (what you also might have been able to do with Google), but you also will discover who can help you get in touch with them.

To your success !

Jan

PS: this is an excerpt from the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn (of in het Nederlands: Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken). Make sure you download your FREE light version.

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3 Responses to LinkedIn Myth: Why Should I Use LinkedIn When I Have Google?

  1. Perfect distinction between the two and how to use them. I will use this to explain it to many of my newbies!

    Thanks,
    Jackie

  2. Grow your network while you don’t need it

    1st advice “Grow your network while you don’t need it”
    2nd advice “know why you want to network”
    3rd advice “get recommendations from current and past colleagues posted on your profile”
    4th advice “make heavy use of the Q&A feature (on LinkedIn) or post on forums”
    5th advice “never use standard boiler plate templates” when inviting people to connect
    6th advice/fact “The more connections you have, the more time you must spend”
    7th advice “join yahoo networking groups. You will learn a lot”
    8th advice “Read other 2 cents advices”
    9th advice “Do not forget other ways of networking”

  3. Thanks Jackie !

    Hi Eric, I agree with you.

    I want to add to tip 7: also join LinkedIn Groups šŸ™‚ Since the Discussions are introduced they now offer the same benefits of Yahoo Groups.

    Jan

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