Finding The Motherload of LinkedIn Groups

April 1st, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I’m still trying to figure out the real value of LinkedIn Groups, as a group member. Right now I have 313 members of the JibberJobber Career Management group on LinkedIn, and some of them have asked the “now what” or “so what” question.

I told them I don’t know :p I sent an e-mail to Mario Sundar at LinkedIn, but he hasn’t replied to me yet. If anyone can tell me why they should join a group, beyond getting access to search on other group members, I’d love to hear it.

For now, if you are curious, and are interested in having that type of broad reach to non-first-degree contacts, here’s the motherload listing of LinkedIn groups. Super thanks to Heather Gardner for sharing this list with me!

LinkedIn Groups Directory

Note, I have no idea who is behind it, and I’m sure it’s not complete. But it’s a pretty good place to start.

If you have a particular interest in a certain group just go to that page and hit Ctrl-F to do a search within that page.

  1. 5 Responses to “Finding The Motherload of LinkedIn Groups”

  2. By Recruiting Animal on Apr 1, 2008 | Reply

    Jason,

    As you know I started a LinkedIn group for The Recruiting Animal Show. I use it as a subscribers list. Every week after the show, I send out a link. If anyone wants to unsubscribe it’s easy. After all, they are in touch with me directly.

    I also use it to let people know that they can let me know if they want to go on the hot seat.

    I think I decided to spare my regular Recruitosphere friends the mailout since they already know about me. But if you want me to include I’ll be happy to do so.

    Almost all of my members are recruiters but a few other people join because I think you can get access to people who aren’t in your LinkeIn network via their membership in a common group. (You would have to check on that but I believe it’s true).

  3. By Jen Knoedl on Apr 1, 2008 | Reply

    just what i have been looking for! thank you!

  4. By Jason Alba on Apr 1, 2008 | Reply

    Animal, I can totally see the value you state as a group admin. For the members they can sign up for this quasi-newsletter… so that’s another value – but none of the groups I’m a member of send these types of informational messages…

    alas, I’m still stuck wondering what value a member gets… (this makes 2 things, though, so thanks for sharing).

  5. By Jason Bailes on Apr 2, 2008 | Reply

    Jason,

    A couple of days ago, I made a LinkedIn Groups Search custom search engine using Google Coop/CSE.

    So far the user response has been great and it seems to work very well.

    Thanks for sharing that directory.

  6. By alphadog on May 8, 2008 | Reply

    I am hoping and wishing they add some basic functionality to LinkedIn Groups that would allow better networking through a small set of tools, such as a calendar of events and maybe a blog. No, I don’t want it turned into Facebook, please. I don’t want to bite anyone. I *do* want to be able to actually do something with the group *as a group* and *through the LinkedIn Group*.

    I created two groups so far for private networks I manage in “real life”. To me, right now, Groups seems no better than merit badges on your profile. I’m a little disappointed.

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