Starting today, the professional social network LinkedIn adds new features to make it easy for HP 3000 customers to discuss problems, solutions and issues about the Transition Era. LinkedIn has an "HP 3000 Community" group with more than 30 members, one that's been growing slowly but steadily since we kicked it off last month. These numbers are very comparable to the myCommunity members at Connect who have posted an HP 3000 profile — and Connect has reached out to encourage LinkedIn members to join the Connect group.
Linked In also has a "HP3000 - Bill & Dave's Excellent Machine" group to join. Before today, these groups were a portal to other Linked In members, professionals whose background you needed to survey to find an answer to a question in a one-on-one message. But the new features promise much more collaboration.
Linked In is a free membership, and building a network of connections is easy and fun. Sign up at linkedin.com, or log in if you're already a member, then type "HP 3000 Community" in the Groups Search box at the top right. I'll do the routing to ensure you get into the group. LinkedIn reports that "Together you have made Groups one of the top features on LinkedIn." The social network explains the upgrades:
This Friday, we will be adding several much-requested features to your group:
- Discussion forums: Simple discussion spaces for you and your members. (You can turn discussions off in your management control panel if you like.)
- Enhanced roster: Searchable list of group members.
- Digest emails: Daily or weekly digests of new discussion topics which your members may choose to receive. (We will be turning digests on for all current group members soon, and prompting them to set to their own preference.)
- Group home page: A private space for your members on LinkedIn.
The LinkedIn managers add, "We're confident that these new features will spur communication, promote collaboration, and make your group more valuable to you and your members. We hope you can come by LinkedIn on Friday morning to check out the new functionality and get a group discussion going by posting a welcome message."
I'll do my part to kick off a message today on the discussion board. I hope you will join Linked In, become a group member to learn and share what you know and what you're trying.