I guess online social networks are pretty fast. My apologies for ever doubting.
Yesterday I posted some thoughts with regards to my Linked In network. I was trying to contact an attorney 4 degrees of separation from me through Linked In connections.
Alert friend, blogger, and Knowledge Management pro Jack Vinson, of Knowledge Jolt, Inc (1000+ miles away from me) saw my post and came to the rescue, contacted a Patent Attorney he knows (1500+ miles away from him), and with the attorney's consent that he could help, forwarded the contact information to me...It's not Tampa, but for what I need, it works perfectly. Thanks Jack!
While I'm still interested in finding out if I can connect to an attorney through Linked In, for now, the problem is solved.
Random associated thoughts for future consideration: I guess online connections through trusted associates can move quickly if you contact the right person or make your needs and wants known through the right venue (this is way to elementary to be blogging about, but one day I may forget about how this all went down). Is this harnessable? Time for a Social Network Analysis? I'm left pondering that if I just talked to every associate, or contact, that I ran into today (in person) and told them of my situation, would I have found a solution so fast? While I've had some good feedback about the blog, and comments made on my postings have been useful, helpful, and thought provoking, I think this is the biggest "result" I've experienced from the blog.
I think I'm thinking about this too much, I should probably just be thankful that someone was watching, and willing to take some action to help. Help is contagious, time to pass it on!