Good CO said:
I'd never even heard of Linked_In VM! Could you start a separate thread with some info?
The site functionality is good and serves as a sort of grownup facebook. As well as the job calls I have had several rendezvous with old University and Army friends as a result of wandering around LinkedIn.
It serves as a union of business networking, social networking, job seeking and also information sharing. Like arrse it can become pretty immersive and I've found a number of useful answers to questions on the site, as well as tried to provide my own. You do have to exist under your actual name so there's a real dearth of BATUS whorehouse memories I'm afraid.
A nice touch on LinkedIn is the ability to endorse the work of others - so that when your profile states that you singlehandedly ran an AOR full of loonies there's someone there to say 'yes, this was the man' - increasingly recruiters are finding these endorsements pretty powerful and a useful walt-screen.
One word of caution - I'd say that you should keep your own network pretty lean, that is, only offer connections to people you know well or from people who you know well. LinkedIn thrives on the tertiary connection - people who know people who know you. There are some people out there who are serial connectors with 500+ connections. Leave them alone - they effectively devalue your network. I have 33 connections, as an example.
So - this is unlikely to be a busy thread but I'll RSS it and bump it from time to time. Happy to answer any questions arrsers might have and I'd thoroughly recommend it.