How fast does an online Social Network operate?
On Monday, I isolated a need for a Patent Attorney. Not thinking that there were many in my area (Tampa, FL), I decided that my first plan of action (after ignoring the Yellow Pages as an idea) was to see if my Linked In network would be of any assistance.
Using Linkedin, I found that there were a few local Patent and IP attorneys. No one was within 4 degrees of separation from me. The Linkedin service allows me to send off a request for connection through my 1st degree (I like this idea, and it is easy to use). I selected 2 attorneys and fired off a request for contact (through 2 different 1st degree business associates) in the hopes of interviewing one or both of the selected attorneys.
In theory, I like this plan of attack. It allows me to utilize a trusted connection to connect to another connection and see if we can create a trusted business relationship.
Well, two days is obviously not enough time to traverse my Social Network online....OK...I'm still thinking it's better than the Yellow Pages...just not as quick as picking up the phone and calling.
Let's see what happens...