LinkedIn Maps – visualise your network
Some months ago I wrote about LinkedIn Maps being a really cool tool. It’s become my most popular blog post to date, consistently getting viewed every day from around the world.
To follow this post up, I’ve tried it again recently to see whether my network had changed since it was last mapped. The results are fascinating so I thought I’d share them.
This is my network map from 25th April 2013:
And this is my network map from the 23rd September 2013, so about five months later:
The first thing to notice is that I’ve got less colours but my network is much more contained than it was previously. I’m told that network theory means that the best networks are the ones with lots of holes, meaning that you can reach people outside of your current network fairly easily – these are the ones that are one degree removed from your network. It looks like I’ve been filling in some these network gaps over the last few months. So I would say my network is much larger and stronger than it was previously, but there is less scope to easily grow into new areas/groups.
The orange contacts are to do with my current role, which explains why this has grown so much. The blue area has condensed further, due to more ‘Housing’ network links being in my network. It’s often said that ‘Housing is a small (professional) world’ and it would seem that my network map backs this up!
Some of the previous grey contacts within my network have now also turned a colour as I’ve linked up to someone else since who’s within one of my colours.
For anyone who uses LinkedIn, I still really think this is a great tool to visualise your network. I can clearly see where my network is at its strongest and weakest and checking it every few months means that I can see how my network is changing.
So go on, give it a go and let me know what your network looks like!