I joined LinkedIn in May of 2005 and like most people at the time it was my online resume, my online identity to headhunters and hiring managers. I had just returned from serving a tour of duty in Iraq and was working as an inside sales rep for a small software company. I connected with coworkers and some of the people I got to know in the industry. I didn’t do any “work” on LinkedIn, I was too busy being measured on number of dials and talk time. I like to refer to this as the Dark Ages of Sales. Outside of my sales numbers, weekly conversations about my dials and talk time were the norm. The problem was that even then, dialing for dollars was a colossal waste of time. My number wasn’t being made by these cold calls, it was being made because I was getting referred to new business by people I had already done business with.