340 Christchurch members of LinkedIn. - Number of connections

  Colour Key:  
Direct connection to John Veitch, 1 July 2007. Second Degree Connection.
Third Degree Connection. Not Visible to John Veitch Yellow Numbers are "invisible"

Study the table below and draw your own conclusions. The Median number of connections is FOUR

2300 765 181 135 129 127 124 111 105 102 92 86 72 72 70 64 56 55 49 47
46 44 43 40 38 38 38 38 35 35 35 34 34 30 29 29 28 28 27 27
27 27 26 26 26 26 25 25 24 24 24 22 22 21 19 19 18 18 18 17
16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10
10 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7
7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

You can see that about 35% of the members are invisible to almost everyone because the are poorly linked. One of the best features of LinkedIn is the ability to ask questions of your network, but if you only connect to ten people, only ten people will ever see your question. Your chances of getting the best response is small.

Generally speaking networks of more than 30 people start to be useful. People with 30 or more connections are the top 10% of all members.

For New Zealand as a whole, there are about 10,000 members, 220 of them have more than 100 connections. The top connector has more than 8,000. Some 3,500 are invisible because the have inadequate connections to other members. About 30% of the members are CEO's or business owners or senior board members. A small number of companies encourage many staff members to get involved. Government departments and local body councils are noticable by their lack of representation.

There is a help file for people joining LinkedIn here.

You can link to John on LinkedIn here:

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