August 7, 2012

Wise reminders courtesy of LinkedIn

I use LinkedIn as a way to connect to and interact with some of the people in my life.  LinkedIn is designed to be more of a professional network than other social media platforms such as Facebook.  It is geared to helping you to connect with people who worked with you in the past, are currently working with you, or have had some sort of other professional interaction with you.

One of my favourite features of LinkedIn is the 'How You're Connected To...'  box down the right side of the page.  When you click on someone's profile, this little box gets populated with information about the different ways this person and you are connected.

What is amazing always about the information in this box is how closely connected you are to so many people.  You will find you are often no more than 3 degrees removed from anyone else.  The six degrees of separation theory states that every one of us on the planet is separated at most by six people.  LinkedIn makes the concept very real with its little graphic representation.

We are all very closely connected.  If we can develop better ways of leveraging our connections to make things happen, perhaps we can solve some of the seemingly intractable problems in our world.