LinkedIn /ˌliŋkt.ˈɪn/ is a business-oriented social networking service. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of 2015, most of the site’s revenue comes from selling access to information about its users to recruiters and sales professionals.
In 2006, LinkedIn increased to 20 million members. As of October 2015, LinkedIn reports more than 400 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.
This is the third video in a series of automating logging-in to websites using Web Scraping. In this example I automate the login to LinkedIn with AutoHotkey.
Web scraping is an amazingly practical and useful skill-set to have. With more and more programs relying on a web browser for their interface it will only get to be more valuable of a skill to have in your arsenal. Here are links to the tools in the video
Login to LinkedIn
Here is the script I wrote in AutoHotkey to login to LinkedIn
Writing a “thank you” email in LinkedIncan be time consuming. I wrote a short script toautomate the process of writing LinkedIn email introductions.
It can dynamically populate the: To, subject line and message body which will greatly increase the likelihood of someone opening and reading your email. Suddenly you can speak to a ton more people and still look like a rockstar!
I get requests for LinkedIn recommendations from connections on an almost daily basis. Being someone that is honest and believes we should stand behind our word I have a hard time writing recommendations for people that I don’t believe cut the mustard.
Years ago I read Sleeping dogs don’t lay from Richard Lederer. The book was a true gem for anyone that loves the idiosyncrasies of the English language. He had some great examples of writing double-meaning recommendations (below are a few ambiguous recommendations.) Great, cutting humor!
You’ll be lucky to get this person to work for you!
I cannot recommend this person too highly.
I recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever!
She has made immeasurable contributions to our firm.
Nobody is better than this man!
I found myself frequently raving about her work!
We were teetering on the threshold of bankruptcy last year, and her efforts pulled us through.
For the services he has rendered to our firm over the years, we find ourselves deeply indebted!
I would place her research on the cutting edge.
She is now ready to strike out in a career.
Whatever task he undertakes, he will be fired with enthusiasm!
I would place this student in a class by herself.
Now you’ll know how to write that next LinkedIn recommendations even when you don’t want to! The next LinkedIn recommendation you write you can be sure to be honest!
I have a lot of friends that work in sales and spend an awful lot of time (manually) trying to find new sales leads. There are a lot of sources out there (LinkedIn, Hoovers, InfoUSA, etc. ) which allow you to use a web browser for searching through their database. Others open up access to their data by way of an webservice API.