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December 7, 2010 12:15 PM Subscribe
Despite never meeting them, or having any meaningful correspondence, I have been added as a linkedin contact for some rather important people. How?
posted by hellojed to work & money (9 answers total)
I appear to have hit the networking motherload.
Yesterday, I received an email saying I had a new linkedin contact. None other than Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve software. The thing is, despite being a huge fan of Team Fortress 2, attending Valve's student seminar at last year's Game Developer's Conference, and a single email response from him over something, I haven't had any other direct contact with him. So I'm flabbergasted as to why I would be added as a contact.
The account appears legitimate, the company profile he's associated with has familiar employee names, and his linkedin network contains other, legitimate industry leaders.
Additionally, when I made my linkedin account I had a new contact automatically there for me at the end of registration: Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. The only connection I have with him (besides using Reddit, a lot) is that I have a reddit account on the site verified with the email I used to setup the linkedin account (Even though this is used for verification/password purposes only). Again, flabbergasted.
My guess is that the email sent a few months back was recorded, and once every few months Gabe will click "Add new contacts to linkedin network" or something similar, and a glut of fans will be added to his network. This does not explain why Mr. Ohanian was my first contact, despite not having any direct correspondence with him (and the verification email for reddit, and twitter, being hidden).
How is Linkedin doing this? Why would the CEO of a major game company want to add random email contacts to their linkedin network?
More importantly, how do I capitalize on this mad nerd cred that I've acquired?