On social networks

Jared Spool of UIE is trying out LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network.

Here’s what I like about LinkedIn.

- Discovering people who are in my area. For example, I’ve found a

number of personal coaches in Toronto who are connected to me some
way or another. Isn’t that nifty?

- Referring people to others. Big win. Great fun.

- Learning about the companies people work for. I don’t often hear

about someone’s employment history unless I happen to stumble upon a
relevant question, but seeing people’s backgrounds lets me go, “Hey!
Travis! You work for a game company?!”

- Keeping up to date with people’s changing e-mail addresses. Better

than having a separate address book web app, which might be more
spammy.