LinkedIn Search Tip: Getting Found in LinkedIn Even When People Misspell Your Name

LinkedIn wavy inThere’s a simple LinkedIn trick that allows other people to easily search for and find your LI user profile, even if they misspell your name in the LinkedIn Search box.

Using the About text on the LinkedIn profile screen, you can use common misspellings of your name as a tool to help others find your LI profile when they’re not sure how to spell your name.

And this trick not only works for misspellings, it also works to have people locate you by your nicknames, pre-marriage name, pre-divorce name, or even a stage name.

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LinkedIn Tip of the Day: Connect to Your Twitter Followers

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Cross-check your LinkedIn connections against your key Twitter followers and those you follow to see who’s not connected. And then connect with them. You’ll be surprised who you don’t have as an LI Connection. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i System Monitoring Products

binocularsHere’s my current list of vendors who provide IBM i system monitoring products. Continue reading

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Use an @ to Create Profile Links in LinkedIn Shares

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LinkedIn Tip: Use the ‘@’ sign if you want to create profile links in LinkedIn shares

How it works

In a recent LI share, I included a link to an author’s profile by typing the share this way.

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Two Ways to Print Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedin share buttonA recent post from Donna Svei about saving your LinkedIn profile to print or a PDF file got me thinking about the process of saving and printing LI profiles.

In that post, Donna talks about how it’s important to print and save old copies of your LinkedIn profiles because you never know when you’ll need them. You may make a mistake with your LI profile and want to revert back to what it was before. Or you may have changed some terms or phrases and you want to change it back to the way it was before. Great ideas because you never know when you’ll need to fall back to an old profile. Continue reading

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IT Change Management: 8 Reasons You Need a Checklist for Implementing IT Projects

feedback checklistOne of the habits I push in my shop is to over-rely on checklists and to game plan any change we put on to my Power boxes or in my Data Center. A good checklist is invaluable in situations where you have to take down a critical piece of equipment, make some significant change, and bring it back up again in a short amount of time (say in three hours on a Sunday morning).

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RPO, RTO, RTA: Explaining 3 Common Disaster Recovery Terms

If you work with business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR), or high availability (HA), you’re bound to run across the following terms:

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
  • Recovery Time Actual (RTA)
  • The RTA-RTO Gap

Because these acronyms are so similar, it’s easy to confuse them with each other. Here’s a primer on what each of these terms mean and how they can help your IT shop in BC, DR, and HA planning. Continue reading

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Creating a URL for LinkedIn Activity Feeds

linked in pen pictureHere’s a technique to create custom URLs that can be used to view LinkedIn activity.  You can use these custom URLs to post a direct link for reading LinkedIn activity feeds on a Website or mobile app.

Here’s how to create a custom URL to a user’s LinkedIn activity feed.

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Community Post: List of IBM i Hosting Companies

community pictureThis post is intended as a centralized shared list of all the companies that offer Power system IBM i hosting solutions.

Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community. Also, please let me know if you have any additions to these sites and I’ll attempt to post updates as I get the changes.

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We’re Making Stew: Guidelines for Serial Blogging

One of my editors gave me a great piece of advice one day regarding writing and blogging. He said (and I paraphrase):

stew pot

We’re making stew with this publication. Sometimes the reader gets a nice big piece of steak for an article. Sometimes she gets a carrot and sometimes it’s a potato. We mix it up and give the pub a great flavor so there isn’t too much of one ingredient or another.

And the stew analogy is a great basis for some simple guidelines for serial blogging, which can be summarized as: Continue reading

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Creating a Twitter Search URL–Beginner’s Version

twitter iconHere’s a nice trick if you want to create a Twitter Search URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function. With a Twitter search URL, you can create links for your readers to view all the tweets associated with Twitter handle feeds, a hashtag, or a combination of both a Twitter handle or a hashtag.

Here’s how to create a URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function and returns all tweets associated with specific Twitter handles or hashtags. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i Content Providers

digital contentThis post is an in-process centralized shared list of all organizations or individuals who provide content-specific information on the IBM i platform (no marketing-oriented pages, with the possible exception of IBM). Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community.

Here the starter list of individuals and groups who provide information on the IBM i platform. Continue reading

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Remembering My Father on Veteran’s Day

Dad Hertvik army pictureGone but not forgotten, my father Joseph Charles Hertvik, Sr. was a World War II vet who marched across Europe with the fabled 101st Airborne division and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Thank you for everything, Dad. I miss you and I’m very proud of you. Thinking of you on this Veteran’s Day.

–Joe

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What’s Your Glove Display for Making IT Changes?

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In their book Switch, authors Dan and Chip Heath talk about how to build support for and change existing situations. They cited one situation involving a traveling glove display that has practical applications for instigating IT changes.

Here’s how it works.
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How to Delete a LinkedIn Status Update

delete button from wikipedia commonsUse LinkedIn’s delete option if you made a mistake and want to delete a LinkedIn status update.

Deleting an update is easy. Here’s how to do it, along with how a deleted status update can still appear in your connections’ mailboxes. Continue reading

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