Is Your Last Name Shapiro? There’s a LinkedIn Group For That!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Shapiro Family PortraitLately, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time working on my LinkedIn profile.  Even though I’ve had a LinkedIn account since 2006, I can literally count on one finger the number of times I had previously updated anything.  That being said, after attending a 4-Hour LinkedIn Bootcamp, I was now ready to jumpstart my LinkedIn activities.  Clearly, joining groups of interest is one integral part of the entire LinkedIn experience.

While looking around for new groups to join, I spontaneously entered my last name into the search box
just for fun.  Imagine my surprise when a group called ‘Global Shapiro Network’ popped up.  The founder of the group, who resides in London, writes that all Shapiros are essentially connected either by historical origin and/or by way of the Issachar tribe.  Sort of a Shapiro-six-degrees-of-separation-kind-of-thing, I guess.  Interestingly, the founder also mentions that some of us may have originally been named 'Shoemaker'  –  then allegedly having our names changed by immigration officials many generations ago.  Whatever the case, I am now a member of the 'Global Shapiro Network' and connected with other Shapiros all over the world.  How cool is that?


Is there a LinkedIn Global Networking Group for members sharing your last name too?

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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That's pretty cool Carie.  I've always thought of LinkedIn as a business tool, but I can see where there could be personal uses also.  I'm gonna try it out!  :-)

Jun 26, 2012 02:12 AM #1
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I love your stories Carie~~ next I will be hearing that you are making shoes... I'm a size 7... Thanks in advance!!

Jun 26, 2012 02:15 AM #2
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I havent been on LinkedIn too much either and have been trying to get the hang of going on there more often. That is great to hear about though, have you tried contacting any to see what your relation is?

Jun 26, 2012 02:41 AM #3
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

lol! That's pretty cook, Carie! Love the genealogical information. I'll have to see if there's a group for our family names.

Jun 26, 2012 04:22 AM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Thanks Carie... I'm going to check it out!  I had to laugh at #2 Janis and her shoe comment. 

Jun 26, 2012 05:55 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Interesting to find such a group.  Enjoy your new connections around the world.

Have a wonderful week with your camera in hand.

Jun 26, 2012 05:58 AM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Donna:  Check it out!  I also found subgroups for Shapiros having different professions too ... amazing!

Janis:  LOL!!  You are too funny, Janis ... I'll certainly let you know when your shoes are ready :)

Bud & Beth:  No, I haven't contacted anyone yet ... but I plan to soon!

Nina:  Thanks ... I thought it was cool too!

John:  Yes, check it out!  And, I know what you mean ... Janis' comment was hilarious :)

Roy:  It really was interesting to find that group!  And, thanks for the beautiful photo :)

Jun 26, 2012 08:31 AM #7
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

How neat is that!  You just never never know what kind of group you'll find on LinkedIn

Jun 26, 2012 12:04 PM #8
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Carie, Maybe you will find some long lost relatives wanting to leave you lots of money in their wills.

Jun 26, 2012 12:28 PM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Judi:  True!  Never thought I'd find this kind of group :)

Debbie:  As my grandmother would say "From your mouth to G-ds ears" ... :)

Valerie:  Thanks for the compliment!  Actually, I've met a few Singers in my lifetime and you're right ... I don't remember them being musical :)

Jun 27, 2012 01:08 AM #11
Kara Roberson
RES.NET - Lake Forest, CA

Carie, that's such an interesting group you found on LinkedIn! You definitely never know what you'll find on the Internet these days. Welcome to LinkedIn though! It's such a great place to network. Good luck on finding more groups to join! They're a great source of information.

- Pauline

Jun 27, 2012 03:14 AM #12
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That sounds like fun; I'll have to check out names as a group - who would have thunk it. Very smart of you to do that! We'll have to connect on LI.

Jun 27, 2012 07:43 PM #13
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Carie, thanks for sharing your interesting news. I started LinkedIn account many years ago however I like Activerain better.

Jun 27, 2012 09:43 PM #14
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Pauline:  Yes, LinkedIn seems to be a great place for networking and good information.  I'm looking forward to finding more groups to join too!

Toni:  Who would have thunk it is right :)  Looking forward to connecting there!

Kwee:  Thanks ... it was an interesting group to find, for sure!

Jun 28, 2012 12:09 AM #15
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Carie - Dropping by to say thanks for being so supportive in the Rain and wish you a great Thursday in all you do my friend.  You are always appreciated!

Jun 28, 2012 12:44 AM #16
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Interesting post Carie! Have a nice day

Jun 28, 2012 04:06 AM #17
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