Friday, October 30, 2015

Why I have the premium LinkedIn, (LNKD)

Last month I upgraded to the premium LinkedIn. This was a fairly serious decision at five hundred something dollars. It is also something I thought I would never do, and the reasons are detailed in Part 2. Here is what I have learned since then. The interface problems were due to the browser I was using, Firefox. When I tried Safari, everything worked. Being able to actually use the product let me see what is possible.

I have done a number of test posts and on average get five times more hits than this blog. Within a month of focusing on the tool, I was able to grow my network larger than Twitter, Facebook or Google +.  Sometime in the next 30 days I am going to add to my position, wish I had done that last week :)

Part 2 This is what I thought on 3/2/15

LinkedIn is one of the Motley Fool forever stocks so I opened up a position. However, I am thinking about unwinding it. A number of things on LinkedIn just don't work at least using Firefox. This is the most aggravating case. I have no clue how many links/friends/follows or whatever I have but it is a lot, way past that 500 milestone. And they are not just Joe Anybody's they are primarily high performing members of the security community.

About once a week one of them will reach out to me from LinkedIn to my email. I click on the reply button type in a note and hit send or what every they call it and that spinning cog, spins and spins. Have even tried letting it run for 24 hours.

The same thing, (spinning and spinning), sometimes happens when I am searching for someone that is a high performing security person and they do not come up on the first screen. So I try putting in their country or their company.

The company I work for is buying some of their business services. I have wondered if I should ask for a subscription or account or whatever they call those. But what I really wonder is is it just me? I haven't heard anyone else complain. Does it only work with Explorer with accepting cookies, 3rd party cookies and such? Is it NoScript or Ghostery that is doing me in? Or it could be some weird karma, in my IT career there have been multiple times where I was the only one having the problem.

The bottom line: we should all be gun shy of investing in software companies where the software doesn't work. Now I just need to find out, does it or doesn't it.

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