Linkedinese, the language of Linkedin, on is a networking and discussion group focused on building professional Linkedin networks...

It began as My Linkedin Power Forum with this first of 50,000 messages on February 9, 2005:

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Linkedin: The Early Years

Vincent Wright,

My Linkedin Power Forum is a networking and discussion group about building professional social media networks at ultimate "networker speed". The operative word is speed, not carelessness. - Meaning, openness, not recklessness.

To maximize social networking power and to do so OPENLY - at networker speed - there are problems we must address:

#1. Don't build in the dark.

#2. Don't build without a vision.

#3. Don't build too fast NOR too slow.

#4. Don't build without a written plan.

#5. Don't build without profiting./p>

You can build at "networker speed" on "My Linkedin Power Forum", as long as you:

1. consider our 5 recommendations,
2. introduce yourself to the group,
3. DISCUSS your needs

I was fortunate to create and run a Yahoo-based group focused on Linkedin from February 2005-February 2012.
The group was originally called "My Linkedin Power Forum"...
Between February 2005 and September 2007, we were blessed to have Linkedin's founders as our members (Reid HoffmanKonstantin Guericke, etc.) as well as numerous Linkedin employees covering privacy, member issues, technical issues, and development|innovation, etc.
At its height between February 2005 and September 2007, 8-9,000 members of My Linkedin Power Forum were generating up to 1,700 discussion posts per month.
After 7 years of my running it, the group is now closed but, if you're doing research on the early years of Linkedin, you may wish to reference some of the 49,000+ messages in the archives of My Linkedin Power Forum at:
(FYI: now points to a subgroup on


+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

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Comment by Melissa Ruth on February 17, 2014 at 2:02am

I, for one, have often been called an expert and, while I sometimes enjoy it, I try not to relish in it or take it to heart because I want to continue to be real and continue to strive to be "better" always and never stop growing...

Comment by Melissa Ruth on February 17, 2014 at 2:01am

I can't help it...I have to me whatever you feel fits ...just don't call me "late to dinner" :)  hehe

ok so I think you guys are on to something quite interesting...I think at issue is not what we are called, as long as we are not calling ourselves these things.  In truth, we all want to be careful not to overstate who we are so that we aren't perceived as stuck up or insensitive.  In truth, we want to be acknowledged as experts/gurus or even sensei by others who work with us or under us or who learn from us rather than insisting we are those things...

We are mentors first.  And, should we choose to share purposeful and meaningful information, then others may see us as experts or a guru or even as a sensei but, we just strive to provide value.

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 17, 2014 at 1:25am


the beginning "goo" and "roo" and the ending "roo" could make it reasonable to assume that "goorooyarro" is related to "guru" but, at this hour, the closest I can get is that "the meaning of Yarroo is unknown".

So, we'd have to have something more definitive than what I was thus far able to find... (I found the nature reserve and the parrish but, no definition of "goorooyarroo"

Comment by Alan Gray on February 17, 2014 at 1:05am

Speaking of guru, I went to a small event on the weekend (I'm in Australia) and we went past the Goorooyarroo nature reserve and I wondered at the time if there were any Gurus there.

That is a great story.

Words are amazing things.

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 8:51pm


With respect to "guru", that word no longer means just "spiritual teacher" any more than the word "American" still means what *it* meant 200 years ago.  

We're fortunate that living languages are pliable, living, breathing things and that their words don't always have to stay dormant in their original boxes...

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 8:15pm


I'm with Lesley, too.  My sole contention is with my etymological appreciation for the magnificent beauty of the word "guru" and it's unending significance in many more areas than that for which it was originally conceived...

Miyamoto Musashi more than adequately demonstrated in "Go Rin No Sho" (Book of Five Rings) the limitless extensibility of the strategy principles with which he defeated opponents with a sword.

Likewise with the principles of Sun Tzu.

Likewise with principles of Bruce Lee

No principles which are TRULY FUNDAMENTAL principles have to stay just in one place.

They work where we can get them to work.

For me, I can  get "gu" and "ru" to conjointly work as a united team of concepts in literally limitless environments...

Comment by John Chang on February 16, 2014 at 7:38pm

I'm with Leslie - that if we can help folks just a little bit, that gives us "authority".. in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, as they say!

My philosophy on being considered an "expert".. It's easy to let that go to our heads and grow complacent. In the martial art aikido my sensei would emphasize that black belt simply meant you were finally ready to START LEARNING!

Recently, I was asked to speak about buying / selling businesses. There are certainly folks with much more experience and expertise in different deals.

But I felt that I could really help the business owner who had no idea where to begin. So in this case not being a ultra-M&A "expert" is an advantage to talk too far above the needs of these folks.

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 6:52pm

Cool, Lesley! Shine on, Good Lady!

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 6:36pm


I LOVE the term "guru"!

From the Sanskrit "gu" means "darkness"and "ru" means "light" so, I'm comfortable considering anyone an informal guru if they legitimately take another from darkness to light in any subject...

SHINE on Lesley! :-)

Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 6:28pm

Yes, Michael, over  the past 10 years of studying Linkedin I, too, have seen many people list themselves as experts who are merely people who may know Linkedin's topology but, have overlooked such things as expertise in professional communications, voice tone, and even the traditional set of skills once robustly known as "manner" (etiquette/netiquette)

For me, personally, no one is a Linkedin expert who has no equal skills at professional etiquette.

At the same time, I'm not a fan of potentially turning any one word into something that's akin to a superstition. 

I think it does no harm to call oneself an expert if one can back it up with topological knowledge - AND - with professional deftness in ability to communicate from a point of mutual respect (both for themselves and for the person(s) with whom they're communicating their expertise....

(And I won't tell our mutual friend Jack! lol)



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