LinkedIn vs the Big City After Hours Bar

In New York and San Francisco, a lot of business networking happens after business hours at bars and other venues. There are places to go almost nightly, where co-workers hangout together and people meet new people. Back in 1999 one of my MyFamily.com co-workers in particular was the king of San Francisco after hours business networking–he knew everyone at other SF dot coms. Such networking leads to cross-pollination of ideas and deal-making and has a very positive impact on business.

Linkedin Profile Link

I got an email from an employee of LinkedIn.com this week and saw a link to his LinkedIn profile page in his email signature line. I wanted to test a link to my own LinkedIn.com profile before I add it to my permanent site navigation. You have to be a member of LinkedIn.com with \”remember my password\” checked in order for this link to work: Paul Allen on LinkedIn.com.

Fastest Growth Sites Are Built on User Generated Content

One of the most powerful ways to develop web site traffic is to enable your users to share their content through your web site with others–to create community around user generated content.

Many of the fastest growing web sites of all time did this (or do it now): MyFamily.com, eBay, GeoCities, Xoom, Homestead, MySpace, Epinions, Hotshots, LinkedIn.com, Meetup.com, Friendster, and more.

Profitable Content and Community Sites

Intermix Media (MIX) is a hot stock that benefitted today from a great article by Bambi Francisco. I knew this company as eUniverse and tracked it for years along with other massively popular web sites. It was moderately profitable back in 2001, after the bubble burst. And it is moderately profitable again today on growing revenues. One of its properties, MySpace.com, is growing like crazy with its social networking model.