Visualize Your LinkedIn Influence with InMaps

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LinkedIn has launched a new LinkedIn Labs product called InMaps, which shows you what your network looks like in a visual way. 

"InMaps is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe that answers all of the above questions," explains LinkedIn's Ali Imam. "It's a great way to understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections. With it you can better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, gather insights, and more."

Here's what it looks like:

Maps are color-coded, with colors representing affiliations or groups from your career (previous employer, classmates, industries). Some names appear bigger than others. These are the ones that are most connected within their respective clusters. 

"Here's where it gets interesting," says Imam. "Your map is actually a view into how your professional world has been created over time. To get a sense of how that's true, label each cluster (color) and explore your connections to see who are the major bridges on your map. You can use those insights to measure your own impact or influence, or create opportunities for someone else."

You can check it out here.

Chris Crum
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