Networked to What?
This exercise has been a mixed bag of thought and feelings. I've had more questions come to mind than I've learned. (This is coming from someone who has felt like I probably should be "connected" via Facebook or Linkedin.)
I visited the sites mentioned and found many as either useless (the first one had such poor design, at least for Firefox, to be read) or quite useful (for the organization that created it). An example of the latter was the one for teachers, though I saw as much personal chatter (how to make a particular coffee drink) as I did educational sharing. Anywho, I do understand how many can use and gain from this.
Once I saw that the UM Alumni Association had a group in Linkedin, I thought I'd go for the optional exercise -- I created an account. I have populated it with information and, only moments after creating it, I coincidentally got an invite from my brother-in-law in Duluth who was just starting a job search exercise by networking in Linkedin! I have sent a bunch of requests to link and no responses yet. (My inbox does not seem to be working - maybe that's the problem.)
Anyway, I am working on fleshing out my profile...maybe I will have a stroke of genius on how I may use this. There is a link to read an article "Ten ways to use Linkedin" on the bottom of the home page. I need to do more research and brain stimulation before I can comment on how my life will be better by doing this!!