A very nice touch from Linkedin

Received this email from Linkedin this morning – very nice touch…

“Seeing a lot of weekly digests piling up?
Mikkel, we noticed you haven’t visited Eclipse Plugin Developers lately. To help keep your email tidy, we’ve unsubscribed you from this group’s digests – we hope this suits you better!”

Configured the LinkedIn iWidget for Lotus Connections

Based on a blog post by Luis Benitez I configured the Linkedin iWidget for Lotus Connections yesterday. So if you’re a Dannotes Lotus Connections user you can now configure your profile page to show your Linkedin data as well (my profile).

The widget works by showing LinkedIn data alongside the profile page if the profile owner chooses to. Each user has to authorize the LinkedIn API to show the data. If he/she doesn’t it simply shows a message to that effect.

The documentation on how to install the iWidget leaves something to be desired but I managed and have it working now. I’m still IM’ing with a fellow yellow bleeder who is also trying to do the install. For him however it’s not working and we cannot seem to figure out why. My best guess is that the widget cannot figure out that he’s on his own profile but we’re not sure yet. Maybe it simply worked for me because I also did it on my MyDeveloperWorks page.

LinkedIn vs. Facebook

Ever since I joined Facebook just a few months back I have been in a constant dilemma about friend requests from colleagues, business partners and other people that I work with or have worked with. The reason it took me so long to join Facebook to begin with was that I knew that I eventually had to decide on how to treat this, for me, new social network. Joining Facebook didn’t make it easier for me – quite the opposite. I now have a long list of friend requests from people that I work with or may get to work with at some point. I want and need to deal with these in some fashion.

The way I have chosen to deal with these friend requests is to disregard any friend request on Facebook from people that I work with or might, no matter how slim the possibility, get to work it. I don’t do this to be mean or anything. I simply want a social network where I can share information with my wife, family and “real” friends. Not that I don’t consider many of the people I work with friends – they’re just in that other category of friends. I would like to have a place where I can post comments and pictures where those not in the know, or with other points of view, might get the wrong idea. I would like a place where I can be myself.

Making this decision about Facebook also made me look more carefully into LinkedIn. It means that I will now use Linkedin for all those business connections. Much as I have in the past. I will of course also continue to use the various Lotus Conenctions sites available out these as well. So if you want to hook up with me with catch me on LinkedIn.

I would love to hear how you have decided to deal with the proliferation of social networks and where you draw the line between your personal and professional life.