Visualize your network

Linkedin has its own laboratory, where smart inventors go to the edges of the possible. Recently, they started offering the possibility of visualizing your network.

Pretty cool of course. I visualized mine, which looks like this:

Linkedin-Walter van der Scheer - Network
Linkedin-Walter van der Scheer – Network

I noticed that my network in ecommerce, marketing and agencies is pretty dense. No wonder, because most of my professional live I discuss the latest in conversion optimization with an e-commerce manager, all about tomorrow’s marketing hype with a marketing manager and fantastic business opportunities with an agency director.

What I take from the visualization, besides the divide in my network, is the people who have a core bridge function. Those are the people who are represented with a bigger dot.

Furthermore, there’s some loose lying islands as well, of people from other professions, from sports activities, friends, and people I met or worked with in other fields.

If your network consists of only loose islands, you’re either a generalist or not yet in a senior position. The people represented by the big dots might be able to help you or show you the right direction of people to contact.

About the author

Walter van der Scheer is an avid user of Linkedin and follows it’s development on foot. +

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