I sometimes mistakenly mix up mega connectors and power connecters, and refer to people who have large LinkedIn networks as power connectors.
My favorite definitely of the term “power connector” comes from Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone. When Keith Ferrazzi talks about power connectors, he’s talking about people who can really connect others, usually a ton of others. These are people who have real relationships with both parties… he cites accountants, lawyers, headhunters, etc. as power connectors. These are people who spend a good portion of their day helping and learning about others, and they just get to know a ton of people.
The ones who don’t horde their contacts, but rather introduce them to one another when it makes sense, are power connectors.
This is clearly NOT the same thing as a social network mega connector, who doesn’t know anyone they are connected to, but simply grow their network so they can have the biggest around. OR, in fairness, who is growing it for other reasons (search expansion rather than network nurturing).
So, a mega connector is not necessarily a power connector… make sense?