LinkedIn.com, my favorite business networking tool, has just passed one million members. I started using it last November, and was the 4th person in the Provo, UT area. Now there are more than 1,200 members in the Provo area. I am the "most LinkedIn" person in Utah, with 236 connections. But that's nothing. Thomas Power, from the UK, has 3688 connections. He's been a full-time business networker for several years.
I haven't been a fan of instant messaging, but many of my co-workers swear by it. I just don't like constant interruptions when I am thinking, writing, researching or working on anything for that matter. I'm considering using MSN instant messenger with my new Suunto watch, but I still haven't decided if I want to be that reachable.
I learned this week about Thomas Power, the man from the UK, who claims to be #1 in the world in business connections. He has more than 1600 connections in LinkedIn.com, an unbelievable number! I've been using LinkedIn.com actively since November and have 151 connections. I'm the most LinkedIn person in Utah. But Mr. Power (I'd say he is well named!) has totally surpassed supreme online influencers like Joitchi Ito and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn.com. It turns out he is a full-time professional business networker. He runs ecademy.com, a business networking company with 26,000 members. Many of his online connections and endorsements come from people he's never met, but still, he seems to have earned this recognition. He must spend a lot of time forwarding referrals to and from members he has never met.