Apr 27 2009
We’ve covered some of my favorite free web services. Today we’ll look at a couple new ones.
LinkedIn was created by a former executive from PayPal. This “social networking” system allows you to connect with potential employers, contractors and employees. We all know that networking is the most effective means of finding a job, not you can do something about it.
Currently, LinkedIn is in its beta phase, which means all services are free. In the future, signups will be free, but requesting links from strangers will cost. So, now is the time to sign up and build that network.
How does it work? Easy: You sign up, fill out a short profile and then you invite all your professional contacts to join you, building your network. Then you go out on a limb and search for people with whom you’d like to connect. For example, if you search the keyword “MacMerc” I will come up, and you will be able to send a request to me to join my network.
If sharing photos is more your style, you’ll want to check out WebShots.com. This service is currently beta-testing a Mac desktop client (OS 8/9 and X). Their stand-alone application is truthfully pretty sad. But the service is worth looking into. They allow you to share 10 albums of 24 pictures each for free. These pictures can be large as they expect them to be used as your desktop.
WebShots also has gigabytes of others’ pictures, including some professional ones, from which you can freely download (up to 5 a day). WebShots also makes it easy to share your personal albums with others and tracks viewer statistics.
Now get out there, get yourself plugged into the network and share your pictures online!
I’ll see you in the social pipeline,