LinkedIn – trusted networking
With linkedin, you can wash your own Outlook contacts with those using Linkedin. When I joined I did this and found over 35 people I already knew were using the tool – the sort of people that are active networkers and I expected would be using it.
It works on the basis of trusted relationships or ‘degrees of separation’. Those joining my network are able to search my contacts, and if they wish to make contact – ask permission from me and vice versa.
Why not give it a try! Create an account at www.linkedin.com then invite me to join my sending an email from my contacts page.