Monday, September 3, 2018

LinkedIn: did some cleaning

I have a lot of contacts on LinkedIn and I would easily write that I n-e-v-e-r shared anything with probably 90% of them so I wonder: what's the point in allowing someone to add me in his list of contacts if he has nothing to tell me?

I once asked to someone who added me (and I accepted him to add me to his list) what was the reason for adding me and the guy...just did not answer me.

3,500 contacts?
I have an important list of more than 3,500 contacts and I use LinkedIn exclusively for work. I don't pay attention to the rest: my friends and family usually contact me on Facebook or send me emails...oh...and they call me too.

I've started a little cleaning on LinkedIn and since it is not possible to massively delete contacts - yes, you have to do that one by one on LinkedIn - I have decided to use the method below:
  • Self proclaimed mentors: go away;
  • Indian Seo specialists and marketing experts: go away (note that I have nothing against people from India but I am so spammed by these requests...);
  • No picture? Go away;
  • The word "influencer" (or equivalent) appears in you title? Go away;
  • You've not answered me after 2 messages: go away;
  • Recruiters: go away;
  • You sell wine: go away ;-)
  • You still use a ".com" domain name? go away;
  • Advertising your number of LinkedIn connections in your signature? Go away;
  • .com Domainers domain name investors: go away;
  • You forgot to put a capital letter to your family name: go away;
  • I don't understand more than 50% of what is written in your signature or title? Go away;
  • No personalized message with the reason why you want to add me on LinkedIn: go away;
  • Not in the new gTLD business (or close to it): go away unless you have a serious question.
Limiting to 300 connections = done
I did clean my list of connections and lowered its number of contacts to 300. I think that makes more sense and as a new method, I will try to stick to 300; meaning that I will remove a connection for one gained.

My email can be used to contact me instead (or visit Jovenet Consulting).

Good to know prior to contacting me on LinkedIn
  1. I now refuse LinkedIn incoming connection attempts when there's no introduction message;
  2. A "no" is always acceptable to me as long as I get an answer so I now:
    1. delete contacts who don't answer me;
    2. remove them from groups I moderate on LinkedIn.
"With regards"

The .FAN new gTLD finally launches

I was about to entitle this post "the .FAN new gTLD re-launches" but in fact, it never launched: it existed...but never launched. The new gTLD report dedicated to Singular VS Plural new gTLD tracked registrations since 2016 but the Sunrise Period itself had not been announced and the Trademark Clearinghouse calendar says nothing about it until...recently. That might sound strange but some new gTLDs are in this exact same position: they've existed for years but they've not launched yet (the .CONTACT and .FORUM new gTLDs for example).

When
  • Sunrise Period starts: Tuesday, 2 October, 2018 - 16:00;
  • Sunrise Period ends: Saturday, 1 December, 2018 - 16:00.

What
Extracted from the application submitted to the ICANN, Donuts, which announced the acquisition of the TLD in June 2018, does not say much about the benefit to use a ".fan" domain name: "This TLD is attractive and useful to end-users as it better facilitates search, self-expression, information sharing and the provision of legitimate goods and services. Along with the other TLDs in the Donuts family, this TLD will provide Internet users with opportunities for online identities and expression that do not currently exist." and it also says things like"This TLD is a generic term and its second level names will be attractive to a variety of Internet users. Making this TLD available to a broad audience of registrants is consistent with the competition goals of the New TLD expansion program, and consistent with ICANN’s objective of maximizing Internet participation."

I personally like the descriptiveness ot the TLD since the word "Fan" makes no doubt about what you will find behind such a domain name.

Singular or Plural?
There is another .FANS new gTLD ("fan" with an "s") which already has 1,500 something domain names registered and since the risk is high to use such a domain name without owning the exact same second level domain in both versions of the extension, I would suggest to buy two domain names instead of just one.

Good to know
And if you are a sports' fan, the restricted .SPORT new gTLD launches its Sunrise Period tomorrow.

New gTLD Reports are updated once a month: CLICK HERE !