Friday, September 29th, 2006

Introducing the LinkedIn Community Program

We are excited to announce the LinkedIn Community program. Every day we get numerous requests from companies to find candidates, from candidates looking for new opportunities, community members asking us who would be right person to talk about one thing or another, request for introductions, etc.

Meanwhile, we have never gotten around put in place a user community for Ajaxian. There’s no registration, no monthly updates, just good old RSS and your comments on the site.

We are therefore suggesting that you participate with us in an experiment that we think we’ll all benefit from – the LinkedIn Community program.

Here’s how it works: you simply sign up in, a very popular social networking site, and “connect” to the user named “ Community” by sending an invitation to And we will of course accept all invitations from community members.

The benefit to you is that community members will be able to “search through” the network and find other members with like interests / jobs / candidates / etc, without compromising any personal information. They will also be able to publish job openings and résumés visible to the Ajaxian community (again using LinkedIn features). And we will forward requests for introduction, job applications, etc. This is an additional way for us to connect better and get closer, besides posting comments on the site, which you can still do as usual. Ben and Dion will be manning the user. Also, since many of you are already on LinkedIn, we’re hoping it is trivial to do this.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:13 pm

3.7 rating from 36 votes


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LinkedIn is currently down for maintenance. You can bet I am signing up as soon as its back up 8).

Comment by Mario — September 29, 2006

Great IDea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As soon as Linkedin goes up, I’ll definately join the community.

Comment by Adnan Siddiqi — September 30, 2006

Done, this is a great service, I’ve been a member since its early days.

Comment by Mike Ritchie — September 30, 2006

Very cool – Dion you could even send out a montly newsletter using Linked in’s email your list feature – all for free.


Comment by Floyd Marinescu — September 30, 2006

This is a pretty bad idea, apparently modeled off the MySpace “friends” approach. With professional networks, you don’t want to link with someone unless you have personal experience with them. A better idea would be to create a LinkedIn group.

Comment by Charles — October 2, 2006

I agree with Charles – the whole principle of LinkedIn works through personal and professional relationships; exercises like this devalue the whole network.

Comment by Matthew Pennell — October 2, 2006


I’m LinkedIn’s Privacy Officer and heard about your LinkedIn Community initiative. It’s a great idea to use LinkedIn to get your members more connected and we welcome all your members on LinkedIn. I’d like, though, to ask you to use a different and actually better method to establish a group identity on LinkedIn and get connected. Here’s why.

LinkedIn’s individual accounts are only supposed to be used by individuals and aren’t designed to be used by groups. This is mainly because LinkedIn’s referral system is based on personal relationships of trust between two identifiable people. Referrals and introductions are always made by actual people who personally know the two people being introduced. If a group identity is used potentially by many different people the person being introduced can’t really tell who specifically is making the introduction. So to increase trust and protect privacy, LinkedIn’s member accounts are only for individuals registering under their real names.

However, as I said, we have a better way to give groups and organizations a group identity on LinkedIn and help get people in the group connected. This will involve having one of Ajaxian’s organizers apply for a free LinkedIn Group – which you can do here:

Having a LinkedIn Group has some special advantages including these:

1. It makes it especially easy for members of the group to quickly recognize other members of a group. For example, if you search for “Ajax” (or any other terms) on LinkedIn and are a member of the Ajaxian group on LinkedIn, you’ll be able to see the Ajaxian logo in the profiles of all members of the group.

2. Any member will be able to search for expertise within the Ajaxian group. E.g., you can find out who is Ajaxian has some specific type of expertise.

3. If you prefer, you’ll be to directly message any Ajaxian member without being a direct connection and without having to go through a chain of introduction.

It will take just a little while to get your LinkedIn Group up and running. In the meantime, rather than connecting on LinkedIn to an abstract entity named “Ajaxian Community”, I’d recommend that you connect to people in the group whom you each actually know and trust and can recommend to others. Having connections based on personal relationships and trust ends up making the connection network much stronger and more useful.



Duncan Work
Chief Privacy Officer

Comment by Duncan Work — October 2, 2006

How do we proceed then ?

Comment by cypher — October 3, 2006

cypher: we’re working on it :-)

Comment by Ben Galbraith — October 3, 2006

Are we there yet? :-)

Comment by WestAustinite — January 11, 2007

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