I got an invitation to connect with Skip Wilson, founder of the LinkedIn PONY group/movement. I had never heard of LinkedIn PONYs before, so I asked Skip. Here’s the description from the PONY LinkedIn Group page:
We are aiming to rename our open network from a LION to a PONY. We believe that the Lion is a dangerous animal with negative connotations. The Pony is majestic, it is regal and it is uplifting. This is what we want and we encourage you all to become a PONY. This group is about peace, harmony and a spirit of cooperation. We want to be identified with positive images and uplifting thoughts. We look to elevate all of us to the same noble stature of the Pony. A loveable creature with great usefulness. A friend to man, not a predator.
Is this the LION’s competitor? I still don’t quite get it… there are only 16 PONYs in the LinkedIn Group right now, it will be cool to see if this grows. Maybe LION-haters will become PONYs just to make a statement :p