By cjsasaki on Aug 22, 2007
I've been using LinkedIn for a loooong time now and have built a reasonably sized network. Recently I signed up with Facebook to see what the user experience is like. Facebooks is clever in using the companies you've worked for or your address book to find folks. LinkedIn has been great at reminding me of friends from a long while ago. At a recent lunch with our interns, I asked a few of them if they were using Facebook, but to my surprise, they told me they used LinkedIn. I was quite surprised as I thought Facebook was the rage. The reason may have been historical or at least their impression were that LinkedIn was more appropriate to network to find a job.
One of the best things is when you use a service like Facebook and connect with an old buddy, you actually can see what they look like if they posted a picture. And if they post photos of their families or pets you get to see that too.
A friend of my, Eric Ly, was one of the brains behind LinkedIn and he was pretty spot on in seeing an early trend of connecting people with a simple to use service. And I keep in contact with him (he is a serial entreprenuer) through LinkedIn...