I just passed 1,000 real (i.e., people I actually know) connections on LinkedIn

I just passed 1,000 real (i.e., people I actually know) connections on LinkedIn. Hooray for business-focused social networking.

Business networking

[Update: 18-Oct-11]
Now with 1,101 direct contacts my network reaches into some pretty interesting places.  For starters I now have over 280,000 second-degree (i.e., friends of friends) contacts which is a pretty incredible feat in and of itself but I also have more than 8.6 million third-degree connections who can be reached through one of my friend’s friends.  Regrettably – although for obvious reasons – my network is still very United States focused with the top areas of regional access being large domestic metropolitan areas such as Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.  A few days ago I used the LinkedIn Labs InMap experiment to visualize just how my network looks when all of the interconnections are visualized in a single two-dimensional data map.

Check it out.

Top posts for week ending 19-Sep

Albeit a slow one, this week has been dominated by some previously popular posts from weeks gone by with the ever-popular Echo smart pen topping the list:

  1. Echo smart pen by Livescribe
  2. KeyTool Keyring Multi-tool
  3. Very interesting; recent discovery unlocks the secret
  4. FLAMMA – make a fire with only IKEA stuff
  5. The science of dinosaur killing machines
  6. Would a flying SUV help your commute?
  7. Congratulations BP on the largest oil spill ever
  8. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  9. I don’t use these, the idea is the same
  10. 2010 list of best places to work in the Chicago area

Given the limited geographical interest of the tenth item and that the post is from 30-March, I was a little surprised to see it making the list but it looks like there’s an groundswell of interest in Chicago-area employers.  Go figure.