[rdfweb-dev] LinkedIn

Ian Davis iand at internetalchemy.org
Thu Jun 5 11:44:08 UTC 2003

Interesting article about another 'social' networking system:


"LinkedIn is a tool for turning your friends' connections into your
own. It allows you to see a list of everybody in your own circle and
in the circles of your listed friends. Now that I'm connected to
Werbach and Hoffman, I might see that I have a connection to, say,
Bill Clinton. But I won't know the path -- which friend of mine is
connected to him or how many links away he is; LinkedIn doesn't tell
me. But it allows me to compose a note to Clinton, which is then
routed to the closest of my connections to him. This person, I hope,
will then forward my message, essentially vouching for me as he or she
does so -- and so on, until Clinton gets my note and chooses to reply
to me (or not)."

This referral system sounds to me like the best model so far. There's
nothing worse than being propositioned by strangers. This just seems
more natual by not automating the trust element.

- Ian <iand at internetalchemy.org>
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."

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