I can’t decide if LinkedIn is useful or not. I was introduced to it about a year ago by my lawyer who has lots of connections to colleagues and clients on his profile. But I’ve yet to discover anyone that I know from my own industry that uses it.
The trouble is, I’m not sure that the point of LinkedIn is to find people that you already know. Finding people you don’t know and being found by others have to be the two biggest advantages that it might have. But it would help to achieve a more credible appearance on LinkedIn if, by knowing a few people already, you could establish a network of connections and not look like a sad loner with just one linked profile.
Do you use LinkedIn? Do you think it is useful? You’ll find me if you search for my real name and know what I do for a living (I’m not linked as Graybo and nor is this blog linked).