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Peter Olson

Agree. Facebook is great and Twitter seems pointless but popular. Almost never use my LinkedIn profile.

Julie A. Fleming

Despite being a fan of LinkedIn, I did find that video entertaining.

The think the biggest advantage of LinkedIn is that it provides a clear visual of you extended network. Often, you already know someone who knows someone who can help you, but you're complete unaware of it.

For example, a new graduate knows someone who knows someone who works at the firm that they wish to work at (or even knows someone who knows someone who knows someone). With LinkedIn, the new graduate can search that company and discover their connection to it. Then, they can ask the person they know to arrange an introduction, resulting in a connection at that firm and a higher chance of getting a job there.

Like any tool, LinkedIn doesn't do anything for you by itself. You have to know how to use it.

Rich Klein

Your comments about LinkedIn show that you haven't really explored the site. Actually, the best feature on LinkedIn is the Advanced Search function, not the hundreds of names you can collect. The search function is great for finding prospects, employers and more -- and much better than paying through the nose to purchase a mailing list of any kind. Like any social media tool, you need to spend sufficient time learning the best features of the site and sometimes that means digging under the hood to find the gold nuggets.
And if you want to raise your visibility, LinkedIn can incorporate content like your blogs and presentations -- and that helps your search engine results.

China Law

I like it for one thing and one thing only. It allows you to stay linked to people no matter if their jobs and/or email addresses change. In other words, it is an uber-address book and as that it is excellent.

gyi tsakalakis

Funny, those that say they get no value from linkedin, also admit they don't use it much. Correlation or causation?

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