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07/04/10
Networking. Communicating in “bursts”
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 5:28 am

A habit that we all do and endorse is networking.
Increased use of the Internet seems to enhance
networking that can lead to learning about openings
and  help us in our jobs and our job searches.

In the past we have mentioned the importance
of consequential strangers in networking.  These
are the people who we do not know well but
can provide significant information, introductions
or insights in our job search.

If we understand the structure of the Internet,
how it is comprised and how its components
interact, that is, we could better network with and
on the Internet to achieve goals.    2 
Albert-Lazslo Barabasi’s book, “Linked,” offers
many useful insights, sort of the engineering
diagram, to help understand and use the
Internet.  3  4  [There is also a field of marketing
based on geodemographics that takes this
networking to another level.]

Why is the Internet patterned like an
exponential distribution with a few web-sites
growing faster and much larger than many
smaller sites?  Barabasi in a second book
Bursts explains that limited time resource
and attention spans creates spans of activity
and inactivity that lead to a personal ordering
that yields focusing on fewer, richer sites. The
author extrapolates much further that these
bursts, or bursting, seems to govern human
lives.


Bursting arises from prioritizing and organizing
our tasks and actions.  We don’t randomly do things.
In fact we either have patterns or we set a priority
order that makes all the difference.

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