LinkedIN Launches Answers

UPDATE: In less than an hour, I’ve already received my first answer from Scott Allen. Just a short 2 hours later I’ve received two other answers, one from Nick Wilson (Performancing, Threadwatch) that included a private message and Srinivasan Paul Joseph. I closed the question and rated them all ‘good’, but I didn’t like that I had to choose the ‘best’ answer in order to rate them. Also, by rating them I closed the question, which is not really what I meant to do. I rather wanted to see other responses, but there are no do-overs which kinda sucked. But, all in all, I’m happy with my answer. I have 9 more available to me this month.

Kay from LinkedIN posted a message tonight to the LinkedIN Bloggers group I co-moderate tipping us to the latest LinkedIN product.

The most well-known business social networking site has launched their version of an answers-based service to meet the needs of their collaborative membership. The service is basically like Yahoo Answers, but with a credibility factor.

I posted a question earlier tonight.

linkedin answers launches
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Here’s how it looks when it’s posted from within my login.

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It also appears on my public profile.

I can see those questions from my network first, or I can expand to see all questions, neatly categorized by the initial questioner. I can answer them, and my ‘payment’ is that my name may potentially end up on the Top Experts page.

I’m not sure that I actually want my name on the Top Experts page, I get too many generic LinkedIN requests now. However, I suppose as a consultant it wouldn’t hurt for my name to be there in case clients go trolling as well. What are your thoughts on LinkedIN’s latest addition?

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