Map Your Network

Posted May 15, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz
LinkedIn Labs is a little known LinkedIn initiative where employees of the company are encouraged to develop projects and experimental features to enhance LinkedIn. Recently, I stumbled upon one of their newest features – InMaps. InMaps allows you to visually map your LinkedIn network to better understand the relationships between your connections.

Below is my personal InMap – and for me, the process of creating it and examining it was incredibly enlightening. What can we learn from my InMap? Here are a few tidbits that stood out to me:

  • Generally, Minneapolis is the left side of my map. Chicago is the right. My national contacts vary throughout.
  • My Minneapolis contacts have much stronger crossover than my Chicago contacts. In Minneapolis, because I was engrained in the nonprofit community, many of the same individuals supported and worked with the nonprofits I worked with over the years. Here in Chicago, my networks are more separate, showing me that I can and should work harder to integrate my connections in multiple networks in Chicago.
  • The contacts that stretch from one side to another (the light brownish dots) are personal and college connections – people who stretch all over the country and throughout industries.

There are many more lessons to learn from my InMap alone, and I’m sure you’ll find just as many lessons in your own. To get your own InMap today, click here. All you need is a LinkedIn account to start the process. It takes a few minutes and will enlighten your network.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."