Be a social super hero with Dynamic Signal’s VoiceStorm

I use the VoiceStorm mobile application powered by Dynamic Signal to share content throughout my social networks by scheduling posts a few days in advanced. Watch this video to learn how I use the application and how IBM uses it to amplify content throughout the social networks

3000 Members now in the BlueMix LinkedIn Group!

Today, as I processed the pending membership requests on LinkedIn for the IBM Bluemix group, we surpassed 3,000 members!  In less than two years the group continues to grow and membership and activity have grown regularly each week. Keep promoting it and keep posting important material to the group!

While the group has some good discussions and examples of how BlueMix is used, if you prefer video then you should consider checking out the YouTube channel dedicated to IBM BlueMix, which is run by the Developerworks team:

Need help: Why am I getting a 403 Forbidden when posting to LinkedIn?

Every other social network posting works fine but recently I get this error when posting to LinkedIn. I have looked all over the internet for a solution including the LinkedIn forums. Seems like a lot of people are having this problem with LinkedIn and many are solving it in very different ways. I attempted to disable my CDN, I checked the .htaccess file and even removed some the advertisements but to no avail. I am running WordPress 3.9.1 with all plugins updated to the latest.

Any help is appreciated!

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Here are the plugins I currently have enabled on this site:

  • Akismet
  • Amazon Reloaded for WordPress
  • AntiVirus
  • CDN Linker
  • Download Counter
  • Download Counter Chart
  • Easy Technorati Tags for WordPress
  • Image Gallery Reloaded
  • ImageMagick Engine
  • Jetpack by
  • Lightbox Plus ColorBox
  • Mobile Gallery
  • Technorati Full Feeds
  • URL Shortener
  • WP-Stats
  • WP-Stats-Dashboard
  • WP-SynHighlight
  • WP Missed Schedule
  • WP Super Cache
  • Youtube Feeder


I made the top 5% viewed profiles on LinkedIn

So back in November (2012) I wrote about how you can get views on your LinkedIn profile by making sure your profile is as complete as you can make it (Who’s viewed your profile) – thanks again Ben Martin. So look what I got in my email today, not bad for 200 million members!



LinkedIn Groups come through again!

While playing around in Sametime I came across this apparently not too well-known feature and blogged about it last week – Can’t remember that person who Sametime’d you?.

Before I begin I want to thank everyone for responding, liking, and emailing me!

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Why LinkedIn should be worth more than Facebook

It’s an age-old adage – Business vs Pleasure.

In a world where athletes make millions and the average business person makes less than $100K it is hard to argue that a market designed for entertainment isn’t big business. However, the customers are clearly in it for pleasure. This is why Facebook on paper is more valuable than LinkedIn – how can you argue with almost a billion users? LinkedIn, however, has over 200 million “business users” and the entire focus of LinkedIn is to “link” you with other business people.

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Who’s viewed your profile?

Your LinkedIn profile can either be a positive or negative element in the social world equation. I received some good tips from Ben Martin about how to have a profile that gets results. While I am not looking for a job, I do use my LinkedIn profile to connect with customers and partners and I want to be “found” when I am not out looking for others. I want others to find me. Since I expanded my introduction section I have seen a drastic difference in the statistics around how many times my profile was viewed or has shown up in search results.

If you want to be taken seriously you should have as much information about your skills as possible. People are looking for something out of the ordinary buzzwords. I am sure my profile is not perfect and if you have any advice for me please share!


Getting started on LinkedIn – My Top 5 tips

I joined LinkedIn in December of 2005. This was at a time when MySpace was King and Facebook was a college only thing slowly getting into high schools as a social network. At first I didn’t think the concept of LinkedIn would be successful but at the same time I did believe it had a lot of potential, boy has it changed (for the better) over the years. Let’s get to some tips for effectively using LinkedIn.


Tip #1 – Your Profile

You must complete your profile with a picture. Think of this as your online resume. Fill out as much information as you can but keep it professional. You should not include anything personal like hobbies, sports, etc. I think of my LinkedIn profile as a business tool, to confirm my credentials when customers or business partners look me up. Oh yes, and they will look you up. Complete your profile, education, work experience, awards, etc. You never know what kind of contact you may meet by simply having all of your information on there or what group may ask you to get involved base on your information.

Tip #2 – Join Groups

There are many types of groups on LinkedIn, professional, hobby, government, social groups, alumni, etc. Get involved in the groups. One of the things I really do not like about many of the groups are they end up being job boards. So unless you are looking for a job post relevant information to the groups and add value. The more value you add the more likely you are to attract a future employer or business. You can even promote your own products or brand on these groups but keep it more informational and less selling, establish yourself.

Tip #3 – Link to others

If you are in a business meeting and you introduce yourself or get a business card make sure when you get back to your computer you find that new “link” and get them into your network. This will be a sure way to get “remembered”. And if you end up getting connected, they can see what kind of influence you have by what you post and share on LinkedIn. I make it a point that when I get a business card I always attempt to link with that person, it solidifies my interest in them and their business.

Tip #4 – Recommend and Get Recommendations

You don’t need many, but getting recommendations on LinkedIn hold a lot of water in my opinion. The reason is someone looking at a recommendation can quickly see who that person is doing the recommendation and see what their reputation is very quickly. You should also recommend people. I wouldn’t just recommend people for the sake of recommending, make sure you truly would recommend this person in real life, because that is exactly what it is. It quickly builds a list of references and is always available online.

Tip #5 – Be the expert your profile says you are

If you are a rock star manager then make sure you post often about being a rock star manager. Make sure you are a thought leader in your area of expertise. This will clearly attract more connections and raise your profile credibility. The newly introduced “skills” endorsements is a great way to get others to see that you are what you say you are. I recommend blogging or sharing key stories or news articles that are relevant to your industry.

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Does experience matter? Not according to Google!

According to LinkedIn and their new cool company statistics feature you can get some pretty interesting information from their site. The charts below show Google favors the 5-15 years of experience worker with the more experienced crowd and the young crowd trailing behind by almost 10% each. There are some obvious other conclusions you can make from these charts, I just wonder how valid the data is.

IBM Experience by Years

Microsoft Experience by Years

Facebook Experience by Years

Google Experience by Years