LinkedIn Profile Cards to Integrate with Office 365
What is six degrees of separation all about? Well, it’s the idea that everyone in the world is connected to one another through a chain of six other people (i.e. a friend of a friend).
Microsoft tested this idea in 2008 by conducting an experiment around the minimum number of chains it would take to connect two random users on its Microsoft Messenger database. The conclusion? With a total of 180 billiion unique pairs of users possible, Microsoft found that the average was 6.6 chains.
However, as we face an increasingly smaller world (think: hyper-connectivity), Facebook reported in 2016 that social networking has helped to reduce the six degrees of separation to three (and a half) degrees. How incredible is that? 7.6 billion people in the world and in one way or another, we’re all linked to one another through 3.5 degrees of separation.
How Social Media Brings Us Together
Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter allows for people around the world to connect and establish common ground without ever having met. We are inexplicably drawn together (and thus connected) by the food we eat, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the causes we support, and so on. In other words, all of the things people used to engage with one another are now being done on a digital front.
Smartphones have also welcomed connectivity to our fingertips, as we now thrive in an “always on” world. This mindset has inevitably spilled over into our professional lives, where the line between private and public has worn thin.
How Social Media Fits into the Professional World
Not long ago, organizations started encouraging employees to share their personal preferences and hobbies on My Sites and Yammer. Specifically, the Delve landing page for employees requested the following information:
- Contact information
- About Me
- Skills & Expertise
- Schools & Education
- Interests & Hobbies
This allowed for people within organizations to get to know their colleagues better in an intuitive fashion.
When LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, it opened the doors to share and engage with people both inside and outside organizations. LinkedIn not only provides insights into the professional relationships we build, it also helps us to collaborate and supports a critical pillar in digital literacy, namely Cultural and Social understanding.
LinkedIn Profile Cards on Office 365
Integration with LinkedIn Profile Cards will start rolling out for the First Release program very shortly. It will be applicable to web Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive for Business. And to use it, you would need to connect your LinkedIn account with your Microsoft account.
This connection allows you to discover insights within the Profile Card in your inbox, calendar, and contact list. To do so, simply hover over the contact’s name to see their LinkedIn information; and if you’re not connected yet, send the invitation directly from the profile card.
Of course, as an IT Admin, you are in control of whether or not this feature will be available in your tenant.
Microsoft is Committed to the Future of Collaboration
In addition to Microsoft’s recent announcement around Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word, Microsoft has shown that they are committed to becoming a central part of everyone’s professional lives. Leveraging the power of LinkedIn, they aim to provide intelligent tools that will seamlessly integrate with everyday tasks and workflows.
Here are a few examples of what we can expect with LinkedIn:
- Get professional help. LinkedIn’s freelance platform, ProFinder, helps users get hands-on coaching around their resume, interview, and career.
- Identify skill sets. Increase discoverability by identifying the top skills that relate to the type of job being applied for.
- Uncover new opportunities. Open Candidates allows for candidates to discreetly alert recruiters that they are open to new job opportunities.
- Leverage relevant examples. Personalize your job hunt by comparing how experts in the industry are representing their work experience.
- Customize resumes based on opportunities. Tailor your resume to each job posting by searching through relevant job listings and associated skills.
Knowledge is power, and it’s best to be susceptible to tools that can help us become more efficient and productive. Whether or not social media networks are your stronghold, the fact is the world is going to continue feeling smaller, and the degrees of separation that separate people will continue to shrink.
Using LinkedIn Profile Cards on Office 365 is one way to build a strong network and encourage professionals to take their careers and their digital footprint seriously. With the internet and web caching keeping a record of everything that we say and do, it’s best to bear in mind how we represent ourselves both professionally and personally.
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Tracy is a Microsoft MVP and an energetic, hyperactive adrenaline junkie who sees challenges and issues as opportunities and thrives on improving processes, environments and the general quality of life. Her broad knowledge about IT and Business gives her the ability to communicate on both levels and convey meaningful requirements and narrow the (ever present) gap between the two.