The Microsoft Dynamics CRM group on LinkedIn is a Super Group with over 8000 members. When the group was created, there were so many CRM groups out there that I had to add a period at the end of the name for it to be unique. I then wrote the much small, unofficial groups and asked them to merge. Many said they would but never actually accomplished that.
Here is what the Microsoft Dynamics CRM group on LinkedIn looks like today.
For those who don’t already know LinkedIn.com is a business-oriented social networking site founded in 2002. With over 600 million registered users (last count) from more than 200 countries, this is a premier site to park your resume.
From Wikipedia: “The purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business. The people in the list are called Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection.
This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways:
- A contact network is built up consisting of their direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second-degree connections) and also the connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone a person wishes to know through a mutual, trusted contact.
- It can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one’s 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.
The "gated-access approach" (where contact with any professional requires either a preexisting relationship, or the intervention of a contact of theirs) is intended to build trust among the service’s users. LinkedIn participates in EU’s International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles.
LinkedIn also allows users to research companies with which they may be interested in working. When typing the name of a given company in the search box, statistics about the company are provided. These may include the ratio of female to male employees, the percentage of the most common titles/positions held within the company, the location of the company’s headquarters and offices, or a list of present, past, and former employees.”