Dear Michelle, Thank you for being Linkedin member #53,517

How cool. Got this email from Linked in a while back. Started a post, and got sidetracked.

It makes me feel like the social media pioneer I am…I just don’t talk about it as much as some of the others who ‘sigh’…never seem to stop talking about their social media pedigrees.

Anyhoo, Linkedin is at 100 million members, and did a very successful IPO.

Waaaaaay back in ’04, I was a member of one of the “in-crowd” email discussion groups. i-Sales I think it was (anybody else remember those lists? You replied via email…the moderator accepted or rejected your reply. How draconian they seem now).

The new moderator and I hit it off, and he invited me to join Linkedin, which was by invitation only back then. I joined, and didn’t really see anything to do with it. So it sat on the back burner until 2007, right about the time MySpace was hot (never could get into it myself. The screen was too busy).

When I started noticing Facebook heating up around that same time I decided to seriously figure out what Linkedin was really about…it was still boring. (sorry! only my opinion)

7 years later, I think they finally have the formula right.

Dear Michelle,

I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first 100,000 members (member number 53517 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the innovators, those who help lead the way. That was you.

We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.

When we founded LinkedIn, our vision was to help the world’s professionals be more successful and productive. Today, with your help, LinkedIn is changing the lives of millions of members by helping them connect with others, find jobs, get insights, start a business, and much more.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to helping you accomplish much more in the years to come. I hope that you are having a great year.


Reid Hoffman
Co-founder and Chairman


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Get More (Better) Business With Social Media – Blog Talk Radio Show

Please excuse the way the posts are all squished together – I upgraded to WordPress 2.6.2 AND added some really cool plugins, but now cannot figure out what is happening with the stylesheets – Bear with me til it’s fixed ;-))

(***Update*** I deactivated all the plug-ins and sure enough one of them was causing that problem.  So you can peer into the mind of a Renaissance woman geek – the next step I am taking is to reactivate them one by one to see which one was the culprit…***;-)

So, now on to my post…

Getting more (and BETTER) business is fast becoming more and more dependent on your ability to connect deeper and faster with others, which is where social media has the potential to deliver.

Tune in as Melody Campbell, The Small Business Guru and I have a candid conversation about how small business owners can grow their “social capital”, create stronger relationships and get more loyal business using social networks the way they were meant to be used.

Show details:
Get More Business Show –
October 3, 2008
Friday 9 am PST
30 minutes

I’m in Great Company…here are some previous and upcoming guests:

Joan Stewart of Publicity Hound
Tom Antion of Great Internet Marketing
David Frey of Marketing Best Practices (Author “Small Business Marketing Bible”)
Terry Dean – He is a legend in Internet Marketing!
And more…you can see the shows at

Nancy Marmolejo – Viva Visibility
Wendy Weiss – Queen of Cold Calling
Mike of
Jeff Herring – The Article Marketing Guy
Denise Michaels – Author of Testosterone Free Marketing

Waiting in the wings are a few surprise guests…one is an author and was a featured personality on The Secret.

(And, you already may know that I owe my escape from wage slave to the entrepreneur lifestyle I craved to John Assaraf, featured teacher in The Secret 😉 so I will tune in to see who this personality is!)

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