My Story of Becoming LinkedIn Top Voice: Data Science & Analytics
With over 590 million users, LinkedIn is the leading professional social media platform. Whether you’re a finance executive at a major company, a business owner who runs a small restaurant, or even a college student looking to explore future career options, LinkedIn is for anybody and everybody who’s interested in taking their professional life more seriously by looking for new opportunities to grow their careers and to connect with other professionals.
On a daily basis, LinkedIn users are exposed to over 2 million posts, videos and articles through the LinkedIn feed. This results in tens of thousands of comments per hour — and tens of millions more shares and likes.
On November 13, 2018 – LinkedIn announced their selection for LinkedIn Top Voices 2018: Data Science & Analytics. I was listed as the #2 person on their list of 10 individuals for the Data Science & Analytics category. To say I was honored is an understatement!
With total of 342 individuals chosen as Top Voice across several categories, the probability of being selected was slim!
342 Top Voices / 590,000,000 LinkedIn Users = 0.000058% chance of being selected!
Amongst, other factors, Top Voices were selected by using a combination of data and editorial signals. Editors screened for engagement among professionals sharing in their area of expertise and tracked relative follower growth.
So, how did I get to be on this list with awesome people? I posted plenty of original content, engaged heavily with my audience, connected with individuals over LinkedIn messenger, Skype, Zoom, and in person. Truly connecting with individuals is what really matters to me.
What was I posting about so frequently? I stay pretty consistent in sharing best practices around data science (with a focus on data visualization), some content around productivity, as well as a good dose of posts around my running adventures.
Why did I choose LinkedIn as my platform of choice? I’ve been a user of LinkedIn since 2008, and started being really active at the end of December 2017. The professional engagement that I received once I started posting actively on the platform was really positive and helpful for me. The engagement is what kept me coming back and posting more.
Data Science Community: The data science community on Linkedin is truly unique; it is very welcoming and active. It inspired me to start a video-podcast called Humans of Data Science; in which I interview data scientists from various industries, levels, backgrounds, and locations. With over 50 interviews completed to-date (and 100 planned for 2019), this video-podcast has allowed me to meet some truly amazing individuals and have provided immense opportunities in this space. One such opportunity was being invited to participate on the Data Science Office Hours (#DSOH) panel with some truly awesome folks (see image below):
Participating on DSOH was a great experience and led to real friendships for me. In addition to the video-podcast, I ended up writing 2 books that included interviews with data scientists (Journey to Data Scientist and The Disruptors: Data Science Leaders).