I'm a little late with this...it has been 2 1/2 weeks now of being Linked In. During that time I have established 24 people who are 1 degree of separation from me. These connections means that I am connected by 2 degrees of separation to some 1300 individuals, and 3 degrees of separation from 64,100. Wow.
While my connections to all these folks through Linked In has not meant any real outcomes, I am finding that as I need something, I am looking to those who are one degree of separation from me for help. I'm communicating with these people more too. This has led me to help from Jack Vinson and most recently from John Barrett (both, Knowledge Management experts). So at this point, it's not so much the Linked In network, as it is my focus on my connections as a source for problem solving. It's a great change of perspective and I'm encouraged by the results.