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 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)


Comment by Vincent Wright on February 16, 2014 at 4:13pm


Privately, I've already marketed you as a "Linkedin expert" and see no reason in being hesitant to use the term "expert".  Especially if the person is strong enough and competent enough to regularly demonstrate fluency in their chosen area(s) of expertise..

Comment by Patrick Simmons on January 22, 2013 at 10:16am

Meant to take that link out.... all questions can be directed towards me. What one thinks may be the right program for their situation may actually have multiple options available. Send for application to have projects reviewed.

Comment by Vincent Wright on January 22, 2013 at 10:00am

Is the correct URL, Patrick?

Comment by Vincent Wright on January 22, 2013 at 9:58am

Thanks, Patrick.

(I'm familiar with the concept of crowd funding but, wanted to get a clearer understanding of how your company fits in... I appreciate your clarifying for us...)

Comment by Patrick Simmons on January 22, 2013 at 9:56am
Crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs to get the funding they need while building a loyal customer base of people personally invested in seeing the business succeed. Through our crowdfunding site,, businesses can get a loan for up to $1 million dollars. Instead of borrowing money from a bank, you’re borrowing money from individuals who are also your customers. This way you can get a lot of money from a lot of people who are interested in buying your products and seeing your business succeed.
Comment by Vincent Wright on January 22, 2013 at 9:43am


Can you elaborate a bit more about how your company works in the crowd funding arena?


+Vincent Wright

Comment by Patrick Simmons on January 22, 2013 at 9:36am

Hi, my company specializes in all types of finance for personal, business, real estate, etc...  

Personal loans, Corp finance, Retail Financing, Medical Financing, Equipment finance, Revenue based, Crowd funding, Private investors, Public investors, SBA loans, Commercial real estate loans and more!
Comment by Frederica-Azania Clare on March 4, 2011 at 8:32pm

READING and treating Dyslexia;other Specific Learning Differences (SLDs;)and,School Phobia.






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