openBC fun

by Volker Weber

openbc050407.pngWhen I was checking my latest openBC contacts today, I could not help but notice my 444 count (I know the chinese don't like fours much like we don't like 13 - that is why there is no Tungsten 4). When I finally joined openBC last November I challenged Mitch who had 487 contacts at that time. I thought it would be absolutely impossible to get even close to that number. I expected something like 200 to 250. Now I am at three fours, Mitch has already escaped to almost 600 (and counting). Rest assured that this is not a pissing contest. I just find those sheer numbers amazing. And there are still dozens of people I know who would never ever join any network. :-)

openBC also gives you a "rank in your country". This is why Mitch knew in November that there were 20 people who had more contacts than he had. I think I leveled off at rank 50. The network has grown tremendously over the last weeks and there are now more than 80 people who have more contacts.

However, there are only 14 members who have invited more people into the network than I have. Want to raise the bar? Click here.


But what about the real question: does OpenBC actually *mean* anything?

Bob Balaban, 2005-04-07

And what about the quality of these contacts? I see that you are a premium member; is it worth the costs?

Jeroen Sangers, 2005-04-07

It depends on whom you ask.

openBC adds zero to my existing network. I am much better at networking than what openBC can provide. That is why I call it "openBC fun". It serves one purpose for me (and it does this very, very well): I am able to track down people I have "lost" years ago. When people switch jobs, you keep their next contact details. But when they switch again, you lose them. Since openBC draws a very large crowd I can find about everyone I am looking for. The value of a network increases substantially as it grows.

It has been said that half of the people on the net are looking for a job and the other half is trying to sell something. Also I don't have a problem with that notion, I am in neither half. :-)

Volker Weber, 2005-04-07

If it makes you feel any better, I am now ranked #43 in Germany, and #23 in inviting people to OpenBC.

To be quite honest, I have been too busy the last couple of months to push my number up, have only been reacting to invite requests and adding a few on my own.

I have a lot of pending contacts, where I do not know who these people are, and they did not provide a reason. I do not accept these contacts, since I make a point of knowing who my contacts are.


Mitch Wolfson, 2005-04-07

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