Social Media Roundup: LinkedIn’s New Contact Tool

LinkedIn Contacts helps you keep all your professional contacts in one place---and nudges you when it's time to get back in touch. Also: Your younger employees can be an asset during your association's generational shift.

LinkedIn is a great network for maintaining your professional connections in one place. But what if it also reminded you to actually interact with your contacts?

That, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Collect Your Contacts

How do you keep track of your contacts? LinkedIn Contacts, the business social network’s newest tool, integrates all your contacts from email, mobile address book, and calendar to LinkedIn. The list is accessible on the web and through a new LinkedIn Contacts iPhone app. Not only that, it reminds you of your history with each contact and reminds you when you haven’t spoken to that person for a while. “It actually shows you the folks you’ve lost touch with in your network,” Sachin Rekhi, product lead for contacts at LinkedIn, told reporters. Unfortunately, LinkedIn Contacts is an invite-only service at the moment, but Mashable reports LinkedIn will be extending invitations to users in the coming months. (ht @ChatterBachs)

Keep An Open Mind

Do you involve your younger employees in the brainstorming process? If your association is going through a generational shift among members and volunteers, involving your younger employees in planning teams and committees is a good way to get your entire staff to understand the needs of those new members. “One of the keys to success will be an open mind,” Danielle Russell, senior account executive at Base Consulting and Management, writes for XYZ University. “Allowing generation Y to engage their peers in meaningful ways will require the leadership of professional associations to let go of ‘the way we’ve always done it’ thinking and to embrace change.” (ht @GreenfieldSrvcs)

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Anita Ferrer

By Anita Ferrer

Anita Ferrer is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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