The 12 Types of Social Media Users: Which One Are You? (Infographic)

When it comes to how you use social media, are you a lurker? Or more like a Ghost, a Changeling, or a Peacock? Which one are YOU? (Infographic by

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– Posted by Regan Kelly

What You’re Talking About This Month


In this issue:

  • Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for March
  • IBM Honors Eight New Fellows: Congratulations to the Class of 2013
  • Join the Conversation

Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for March

6For the month of March, here are the five most popular blog posts at The Greater IBM Connection blog. In order:

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments on the blog!


IBM Honors Eight New Fellows: Congratulations to the Class of 2013

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty this week marked the 50th anniversary of the IBM Fellows Program by honoring eight IBMers with the company’s highest technical distinction. Only 246 individuals have earned this designation in the company’s history, 85 of whom are active employees.

The Class of 2013

The Class of 2013

“As we have for half a century, IBM is today honoring its most outstanding technologists and their contributions to computing and society,” said Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The eight new fellows – read about them here – join a distinguished tradition of excellence and innovation. Congratulations to the Class of 2013!


Join the Conversation

One benefit of membership in The Greater IBM Connection group at LinkedIn is the opportunity to take part in – and learn from – the many lively conversations among our 80,000+ members. Ongoing discussions today include:

  • When You Left IBM How Did It Change Your Life – Or Not?
  • How Will Big Data and Social Media Change the Nature of Project Management?
  • Ever Wonder How to Be of Higher Value?

What do you think? You can reply to these and many more – or start your own discussion – if you’re a member of The Greater IBM Connection group of LinkedIn. (Note: The Greater IBM Connection on LinkedIn is not open to contractors.)


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You’re Doing It Wrong: 9 Mistakes You’re (Probably) Making on LinkedIn

What separates the master networkers from the amateurs? The former tend not to make these 9 mistakes – 9 things that many are doing wrong on LinkedIn, and more importantly, how you can fix those mistakes.

Linkedin candy– By Greater IBM favorite Jeff Haden at


Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. Follow him: @jeff_haden


What would you add to this list? Tell us in the Comments.

— Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

LinkedIn Reaches 200 Million Members

LinkedIn earlier this year reached a major new milestone: 200 million members.

And The Greater IBM Connection’s LinkedIn group has nearly 80,000 of those members.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being an active part of The Greater IBM Connection network – we’re glad you’re here. If you’ve ever been, or are currently, an IBM employee, you are eligible to join our LinkedIn group. (NOTE: This group is not open to contractors.)

In addition, you can always join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. See you there!

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In Case You Missed It: Catching Up with Greater IBM

In this issue:

  • IBM Connect 2013 – Watch it anytime
  • What’s new around The Greater IBM Connection
  • Welcome, new members!

IBM Connect 2013 – Watch it anytime

If you’re not in Orlando for IBM Connect 2013 this week, not to worry: you can now see replays of The IBM Connect OGS, Keynote, and many other exciting sessions.
Sessions and SpeakersWe’re happy to let you know that these and many more are available for replay on Livestream.  Watch them anytime, all in this video library.


What’s new around The Greater IBM Connection

If you haven’t visited the blog lately, here’s a roundup of some popular recent posts you might have missed:



If you’ve just joined The Greater IBM Connection, welcome. We’re glad to see you here and we know you’re going to enjoy reconnecting and networking with your IBM friends and colleagues.

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  • Facebook: Click the Like button to see Greater IBM news in your Newsfeed.
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  •  LinkedIn: Be a part of one of the largest groups on all of LinkedIn, and join nearly 80,000 Greater IBM Connection community members. Contribute to the conversations or start your own – it’s your community, see you there!
    Social business: it's more than just Facebook.

4 Big Tips for LinkedIn Endorsements and Skills

In case you haven’t noticed, LinkedIn endorsements are here to stay. Why not make the most of this network feature on your profile?

Linkedin candyIn this fascinating piece from, here’s why: Using this section wisely is essential, because LinkedIn has now made it searchable by recruiters. So if you want to maximize your chances of attracting hiring managers’ attention, start doing these four things today.


What do you think of LinkedIn’s endorsements feature? Do you think endorsements are helpful? Let us know in the Comments.

LinkedIn Group Engagement Strategy? Here’s Our All-Time Top Posts

(Graphic credit:  Brafton)

(Graphic credit: Brafton)

Thinking about how to better engage your group members on LinkedIn?  This may help.  It’s an overview of the all-time most popular posts for The Greater IBM Connection, one of the largest business networking groups on LinkedIn.  Initially we were going to pull a list just for 2012 but thought this list yields a bit more insight into what works well for engaging LinkedIn group members.  Here’s an overview of the all-time top ten LinkedIn discussions, by number of likes/comments/votes.  For the most part, questions about affiliation to IBM or career did the best.  It’s also worth mentioning the #11 most popular post since it fell off this list but does tie in well with our January theme of ‘leadership’.  It was “Who was the greatest IBM President and CEO of the last century?  Why?  Your Story?” posted in Aug 2011 with 103 comments/likes.

1 – Lessons Learned – …What’s one lesson YOU learned at IBM that you use in the rest of your life? (Mar 2011) 542
2 – What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life?  What’s one fascinating thing about you that has nothing to do with IBM? (Feb 2012 and Oct 2012) 266 combined
3 – Whom would return to IBM? poll (Dec 2011) 232 votes, 39 comments/likes
4 – What was the project you were involved/participated in at IBM that you will always remember? (Mar 2011) 219
5 – What motivates you at work, beyond the paycheck? poll(Mar 2012) 194 votes, 42 comments/likes
6 – Just for a laugh….How to spot an old IBMer (Apr 2012) 156
7 – Looking to return to IBM?(May 2012) 154
8 – Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? (June 2012) 132
9 – Greater IBMers:  What’s your most productive time of day?  poll (Nov 2012) 110 votes, 8 comments
10 – CHALLENGE:  Describe the purpose of IT governance in no more than a 160 characters SMS message… (Feb 2010) 108

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection