LinkedIn sometimes works when I'm looking for someone who works for a company I want to connect with, like LinkedIn.
But what I'd really like LinkedIn to do -- and I think many of my nonprofit clients would appreciate this as well -- is to link me with individuals worth more than a few million dollars or euros and aggregate those folks by what causes they might support. LinkedIn's got such a big network, they could easily add a new category: philanthropy.
What happens when LinkedIn people retire or die? Recently a friend and former colleague of mine passed away, and someone updated his LinkedIn profile to let us know. It would be useful to have a retirement category with options for serving as a volunteer: for a board, for a sporting team, for organizing a fundraiser, for helping with bicycle valet parking (which is what I need right now).
Also, I have a beef with people on LinkedIn who change their job titles or company names when all they're doing is still the same old thing -- working as consultants. Then I get a fake upgrade notice and I'm supposed to congratulate someone because they changed their title and consulting company name. The least LinkedIn could do is eliminate the congratulations request, or make it optional along with an ignore check box.
On another note altogether, I went to BlogHer 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center this past Saturday and heard Guy Kawasaki try to poke holes in the armor of media magnate Arianna Huffington. It didn't work, as she delivered a parry of one-liners eviscerating Kawasaki's queries and the presumptions they were based on.
Example: He asked her to choose one of two options in a list of inane preferences, such as "Would you prefer a Mercedes or an Audi?" Her answer: "Neither. I drive a Toyota Prius." And she objected to the format from the start, arguing that Kawasaki reflected the binary thinking of the male species as opposed to the way women think, in many dimensions.
Kara Swisher had a punchy exchange with Melissa Barnes from Twitter, and the Recode cofounder wanted to know what future platforms we'll be tweeting from...smell? Many in the audience of several hundred women didn't seem that tech savvy, so I think a lot of this exchange was lost on them.
I ran into Dan Gillmor in the convention center parking lot as an automated ticket machine kept rejecting my ticket. (I finally found a live ticket person one floor up.) Dan, who is now director of the Knight/Cronkite journalism school at Arizona State University, agreed to be a panelist at my October 12 Cybersalon on the Media Makeover: Voices from the Digital Diaspora. Dan wrote the original book on the media makeover: We the Media, way back when, and he started one of the first community news sites, Bayosphere, before the reporting tools -- like the iPhone -- were widely available. Now he's teaching the next generation of journalists on all things new media.