I have made several changes on the blog sidebars lately and I will try to do a summary of them later, but I wanted to point out the Linked-In button at the top right.
This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways:
* A contact network is built up consisting of their direct connections, each of their connections connections (called 2nd degree connections) and also the connections of 2nd degree connections (called 3rd degree connections). This can be used, for example, to gain an introduction to some-one you wish to know through a mutual, trusted contact.
* It can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by anyone in your contact network.
* Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
* Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
So far I have only seen a couple of ministry leaders mention it on their blogs. Jerry Frear at Becoming Missional posts on it here and asks that all who identify themselves as missional network with him. And, Drew Goodmanson posts on it here, mentioning that he doesn't know if pastors are using it.
I'm like Jerry and Drew - I'd like to see how this could be used for ministry purposes. I could see it being used for people looking for positions, churches and ministries looking for staff and other things. It may also help folks looking to partner in new ventures and the sharing of expertise.
I have sent out some invitations to join and have connected with several folks. And, my buddy Adrian Warnock just joined today and we connected, so I'm sure he'll be working the system. If you are interested in joining please leave me a comment and I'll send you an invite and if you are already a member, please let me know if you would like to be connected.
In the meantime, here's a couple of posts from Guy Kawasaki on using Linked-In.
Top Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn
And, be sure to check out his LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover for help in doing your own profile.