Of course LinkedIn protects you against a tsunami of spam and sales pitches flooding your inbox. I find, however, I can just say no or ignore those reasonably easily. The point of LI is to set up significant working relationships and, in my line of job, many of those are set up anyway, in contrast to, say, the work of an IT freelance. Anyway, I’m up for seeing what it does for me. Adopt adapt, improve. I’d be interested to hear stories about the uses and value of LinkedIn (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many thanks to those who responded in various ways. Including Scott Gunn:
LinkedIn was useful in my tech life for finding folks. But that was before facebook took off. Now I think it's mostly useful just for biz types who are scared off by fb.LinkedIn is a rather odd animal. For example, it has decided that everyone in High Wycombe or Aylesbury actually comes from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, and won't allow you to say where you do come from. If it doesn’t matter where you are, why bother? If it does, why not allow people to put the correct location? Welcome to Clunk City, Arizona...
Octopus’ Garden quilt h/t Deb Richardson