Back in November, I wrote about how to use LinkedIn to predict future attrition. Recently, a woman I know told me that she connected with an old friend, who proceed to connect with over a dozen other new people a day. Out of curiosity, she did a bit of research into her friend's company and found that it had just gone through a large management reorganization. Obviously, her friend had started a job search.
LinkedIn is growing in popularity, and I am more pleased than ever with the tool. Now they post a daily network activity report on your home page that shows you changes in each of your direct connection's profile, including how many people each has connected to.
You can use this information to notice people who might be on the job market. Perhaps this could be the source of your company's next hire. Oh, and don't forget that your direct connections can see your linking activity, too.