FamilyLink.com soft launch

I have been in NY and Chicago this week, and haven't found the time to blog about this yet, but our wonderful sleepless team at World Vital Records has quietly opened up FamilyLink.com to the public. We are hoping for a few thousand early users, experienced genealogists primarily, to set up personal profiles, tell us what cities they do research in (and where they live), create some ancestor pages, and most of all, give us lots of feedback about the site features and design.

Why people join social networks

From a MarketingVOX article:
Users join a social networking site to meet people (78 percent), be entertained (47 percent), learn something (38 percent) and influence others (23 percent), the study found.
The article also says that social networking members are becoming immune to advertising--they are influenced most by recommendations from others in their network.

Dennis Wood article about LinkedIn

Dennis Wood (director of human capital for vSpring) has a great article in the recent Connect magazine about executive recruiting and hiring right. Dennis is a star. He is the most LinkedIn person in Utah (he passed me a long time ago) and in his article he discusses how he recently used LinkedIn to land a CTO for a vSpring portfolio company.

BJ Fogg

I've added the BJ Fogg Blog to my blog role. I consider BJ a good friend. He is one of the most honest and approachable people I know. I love his passion for changing the world. I remember meeting him a few years back at an industry event and we kind of hit it off. We've keep in touch the last couple years and I'm happy to see his new company YackPack garnering awards and industry recognition.