There is something to be said for the power and speed of connecting people via Linked In.
Just today I have connected with someone that I fell out of touch with about six months ago and connected with a business person whose blog I recently became acquainted with. I've also gotten a request to write an endorsement, and received a request for someone else to link to me. Its all happening pretty fast.
That said, there are a lot of people with varying degrees of experience with Linked In, or who have insightful thoughts about the system. Today's blog message will hopefully help clarify a few of these for my own edification.
The LinkedIn User Manual blog seems to be there with plenty of tips and advice. Its stated purpose is to help people use the resource to their benefit. NOTE: there is some political or social commentary, but wade through that and there is some good knowledge there.
It was very encouraging to read JagWire who has been a member of Linked In for over a year. While he experienced a slow period in his activity within Linked In, it has recently picked up. His overall experience has been good, but things can heat up and slow down as the network ebbs and tides. This is important to know if the network seems to have died in the process....it may rise again.
Then there is HorsePigCow, who has been involved with Linked In for less time, but has created some powerful connections and a strong network. She also has some insights into business-social relationships and hierarchy and how to make Linked In work.
Still, there are newer users of Linked In, like me, and like Chad at Chad's Blog. Chad is in the early stages of use, and his blog notices will be interesting to follow (as I hope mine will be).
Hopefully I can chart some answers here. I have charged 2 friends with providing feedback. One is a new business start-up owner, and the other is a business friend looking for a job/work.