A business-minded social networking website, LinkedIn is designed to connect professionals in a broad range of industries. With over 135 million members as of November 2011, LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the Internet—and it only continues to grow. According to LinkedIn, as of September 30, 2011, professionals are joining the site at a rate in excess of two members per second. To facilitate networking opportunities, LinkedIn offers groups for almost every industry, trade and common interest.
For professionals looking to network in the gases and welding industry, the Welding & Gases Today group is the place to start. By joining a group, users are instantly granted access to a network of people with whom they share something in common. Discussions within groups—in which every group member can view and participate—
In the September 2009 article “You’re LinkedIn, Now What,” Robert Jackson, president of Jackson Welding and Gas Products (Rochester, NY), told Welding & Gases Today, “LinkedIn has helped me reconnect with people I’ve done business with, as well as friends I’ve known professionally and lost contact with. If someone wants to contact me for business reasons, it’s instantly available.”
In the same article, DuPuy Oxygen & Supply Company (Waco, TX) Branch Manager Rodney Winn told Welding & Gases Today, “I often use LinkedIn and find news about what’s happening in the industry, such as new technologies. I like contributing to discussions where someone has a business problem that I can offer a solution to.”
To join the ongoing professional dialogue online, join the Welding & Gases Today group (http://www.linkedin.com/
Founded in 1945, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its member journals (http://www.weldingandgasestoday.org), e-magazines, newsletters and industry wiki (http://www.gawdawiki.org), GAWDA connects suppliers of gases and manufacturers of related equipment as well as manufacturers of welding equipment and distribution leaders, for the purpose of safely delivering optimal solutions to the users of those products. GAWDA publications are the industry’s voice for all matters related to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning welding equipment and products and services related to industrial, medical, specialty and cryogenic gases. A 501(c)3 organization, GAWDA members are located throughout North America.