A co-worker recently told me she’d been called a LION. “Oh that’s great,” I replied, even though I didn’t really get what she meant. “Have you ever heard of that term?” she asked (she’s that good, she knew I was clueless). Our conversation led to her explaining the newest acronym of online slang to me, and she even sent over a great link about how the term came about.
Basically a LION is a Linked In Open Networker.
Check out this great article for more specifics.
On LinkedIn there are a variety security settings for your account, some of which allow people to openly view your profile and connect with you; some more locked-down accounts require a set of permissions and proven personal knowledge to gain access. These locked down account, while protective of the user – block a lot of networking opportunities.
In order for LinkedIn to be effective, users need to network with one another. The users that are open to new connections and help foster new relationships, networking, and connections to happen are vital to the survival of LinkedIn and for contacts to bridge together.
If every account was closed off, how would anyone make friends and followers?
Turns out my co-worker the so-called LION, is one of those users with an open account that allows convenient access. She’s also a LinkedIn pro and uses the platform with expertise, making tons of connections and new friends. She’s great for business, establishing multiple online relationships with clients and other industry professionals.
So now you know! Are you a LION? Do you want to be?
(“What is a LinkedIn LION?” Windmill Networking, 2008)