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Just thought I would raise this here - wondering how many people use LinkedIn for professional networking? I was thinking that might be a good, non-forum type space for folks to generate inquiries and foster business connections as well. My public profile is here - anyone on the forum I would welcome as a contact.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/blackwater

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I just signed up with them a few weeks ago. I don't know if it will be worthwhile or not. We'll see.

Just thought I would raise this here - wondering how many people use LinkedIn for professional networking? I was thinking that might be a good, non-forum type space for folks to generate inquiries and foster business connections as well. My public profile is here - anyone on the forum I would welcome as a contact.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/blackwater

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I've received invites via email- visited the site but never really figured out what it is for or the value I can receive- my first impression was that it was an employment site- seems very career oriented and since I'm deeply into this business and have no intention of finding a "real" job I didn't pursue it..... Can someone who is "Linkedin" explain it to me if I am wrong?

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I've been on it for several years, and get semi-regular invite requests from folks. I've personally never utilized it, and I don't recall anybody else utilizing their connection to me to "accomplish" anything. In concept I think it could be a useful tool, when and if it is used properly by it's members. It is however just one of many such "social networking" sorts of sites out there, little differentiates LinkedIn from FaceBook, or MySpace, or... except for the mindset being applied to its usage, and the types of people that it attracts.

If I had to speculate, I'd say that the "future of social networking" is dependent on having such connectivity between individual not being tied to a particular service, but instead to have it freely roaming between services. We saw the same thing transpire with email about 15 years ago or so. Back then "email" was mostly confined within the services. Folks on AOL could email other folks on AOL, but not on CompuServe, or FidoNet, or... Gradually those shackles came off and so today I don't have to join several different services just because the various folks I want to communicate with belong to different services.

(we now return you to your regularly scheduled distillery discussion, already in progress...)

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I don't think it is for everyone, but I have found it useful in the past. I've been independent for some time and when working as a consultant it can be a very convenient way to store your resume online in a searchable fashion, also noting what type of business engagements you are open to being contacted about. It also serves as a way to network within an industry and recommend other people based on the quality of their work - in a sense, posting references online. I think it is a similar type of application to a Facebook or MySpace, but certainly a different audience and purpose. A better description can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LinkedIn

That said - I was just throwing it out there as an option for those who are interested!

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I have started a group for those folks who use LinkedIn. Thought it could be a good way to do professional networking within the industry. Anyone who is interested in joining can visit the link below. I had in mind anyone who owns or works in the industry, folks on the periphery, including suppliers and fabricators, and those who are interested in getting into the industry.

Join the Group: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/82745/08432D1B3909

LinkedIn Groups FAQ: http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=groups_faq

Once you join, you can contact anyone in the group and search group membership. People who join the group can look for available job openings, and ask and answer questions. Just thought it would be a cool idea.

Jon Cook

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