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

 In Linkedin, Online Thought Leadership, social capital, Social Media Marketing Lab

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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