Pinal Dave on LinkedIn!
It seems like a few year ago, there was a big “boom” in social media websites. All of a sudden there were so many sites to choose from. MySpace or Orkut? Blogging websites for your business or a LinkedIn account? The nature of the internet is to always be changing, but I believe that out of this huge growth of websites, a few have come to stay. Facebook is obviously the leader in social media networking, especially for your personal life. Blogging is great, but it can be more of a way to get your ideas out there, rather than a place for people to connect to you professionally. If you want to have a professional “face” on the internet, LinkedIn is the way to go.
LinkedIn is best explained as “professional Facebook.” This is simplifying things a little bit too much, but it is certainly a website where you link up with professional contacts, so that others can see where you have worked, who you have worked with, and what projects you have done. This is a much better place for professional contacts to find you than someplace like Facebook, where all they will see is your face and maybe picture of you at a birthday party or something like that!
Because so much of my SQL Server life is conducted on the internet, especially on my blog, I felt that it would be a good idea to have a well-maintained LinkedIn web page as well, so that if anyone is curious about me and my credentials they can quickly and easily find me and see that I am for real, and not someone pretending to know a lot about SQL Server.
My linked in profile is www.linkedin.com/in/pinaldave. I keep all my professional information here, and I update it as often as possible. Feel free to come find me, especially if you would like to “link up” and share professional information. The technology world is becoming more and more interconnected, and more and more international. I feel that it is very important to stay linked up virtually, because so many of us are so far apart physically.
I try to keep very connected with my LinkedIn profile. I let anyone connect with me, and I read updates from the professional world very often. I keep this profile updated, but do not post things about my personal life or anything that I might put on Twitter, for example. I also include my e-mail address here, if you would like to contact me professionally. This is the best place for me to conduct business.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)