I thought I was rather slow to join LinkedIn, “the world’s largest professional network on the Internet“. I had several colleagues and friends already on it, when I joined less than seven years ago on May 21, 2004. But looks like, by now, I am considered an early adopter, being one of the first 1% of users. See the email, copied below, that I got from them.
I know that I am not using the site to its full potential. I have a basic profile with the essentials of my CV on it and not much more. I am not active in any circles there. If I’d be more mobile or more interested n the job market I would be more active there. When I start doing something more professional (either developing my own business clientele and/or activate my academic interests) that will eb the time to take advantage of the networks and tools offered by LinkedIn. Till then here is the aforementioned letter.
I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first million members (member number 625874 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, 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.
Co-founder and Chairman