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Adam Hinterthuer is a freelance science and environmental writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. He's written about bisphenol-A in plastics for Scientific American, Asian Carp and electric fences for BioScience and one man's crusade to clean the mighty Mississippi for the now defunct Plenty magazine. Once upon a time, he was a podcaster for Scientific American's "60 Second Science." In his free time, well, actually, with two young daughters and three part-time jobs, Adam doesn't have free time. If he did, he'd spend it camping, hiking or biking (sans kids) with his wife, Carrie.

2 responses to “Giving in to LinkedIn: three reasons to use the “digital rolodex””

  1. Bethann @ CommNatural

    Great points. I use LinkedIn kind of like Anne Sasso – for professional contacts. That’s where I direct people that I DON’T want to connect with on Facebook…the kinds of folks that I only know professionally, and want to stay connected to, but don’t want to share too many of my personal, political, or social details with. It has been hugely useful to be able to say, “I’m sure you can understand that I have a policy of using Facebook to connect personally with friends and family outside of the region. I’d be happy to connect with you on LinkedIn if you’d like.”

    To underscore some of what you wrote above, I find LinkedIn can be a great place to establish connections with people you hope to work with, or hope to meet in the future. It’s also quite useful for locating contact information for people you’ve met but never corresponded with.

  2. Bryn Nelson

    Good post, Adam! I’ve actually gotten a freelance gig through an old colleague who found and contacted me through LinkedIn. Like Anne and Bethann, I try to sharply delineate Facebook (mainly social) from LinkedIn (purely professional).

    One question, though: I often receive LinkedIn invitations from professionals I’ve never met – especially public relations folks. On Facebook, I wouldn’t friend anyone I don’t personally know , but it seems like you can cast a wider professional net through LinkedIn by being more inclusive. Any rules of thumb that work for you when deciding whether to accept an invitation from someone who may or may not be a good contact?

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