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  •  I have used LinkedIn as a way of maintaining (2+ / 0-)
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    professional contacts. That one seems like they have decent procedures for maintaining control over who sees what. I'm not sure though. Any one have any experience with that ?

    •  i was about to ask the same question (0+ / 0-)

      Anyone know anything about LinkedIn?

      I just got an invite from an old friend, but I am inherently wary of any "networking" site.  As far as I'm concerned they are all magnets for network analysis, convenient front-ends for any commercial interests or intel agencies that want to pay the price for "extra-special privileges."  And since they are private-sector operations that people "voluntarily"' sign up for, the Regime can claim that there is nothing illegal going on when these sites are snooped.  

      I'm wary of Skype for the same reason: a proprietary front-end for internet telephony, which is totally unnecessary (you can do voice communication over the internet using standards-based devices and open source software).

      Nothing in life is truly free: there is a price being paid somewhere, by someone.  

      So, does anyone know anything specifically about LinkedIn...?

      •  It seems like they are trying to make money off (0+ / 0-)

        of it by letting potential employers post jobs. To me so far the benefits seem to outweigh the risks. Then again I'm on facebook too, but I don't really use it all that much. Don't have my picture in it... but I do know other people in it.

    •  I've been using LinkedIn for a few years (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems pretty innocuous.

      LinkedIn bills itself as a social networking service for professionals. In my experience, it's used primarily for recruiting. People who wish to be visible to job offers or consulting arrangements keep their profiles current and their networks growing. Likewise, people who want to search their networks for particular candidates.

      The only dilemma I've had with LinkedIn is getting connection requests from people I don't know well and recommendation requests from people I can't wholeheartedly recommend. That leads to some awkwardness, but nothing worse than that.

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