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I think LinkedIn is different to say the Facebook style of connecting.

I have had a few people ask to connect who I have never worked with or met and don’t feel comfortable connecting with just on a request.

I see it a bit more as a way of validating your credentials and online resume rather than a connecting medium, even though I think as a connecting medium it is extremely powerful. But the power comes from the genuineness and validity of real life connections in real life work settings.

I also find it hard to request a recommendation from people I have worked with. Others are really good at it – someone just asked me for a recommendation when they had only ever done one tiny graphic for me….and I won’t give a recommendation until I feel confidently rely on someone over a period of time.

So my understanding of LinkedIn is that it has a much more professional and ‘solid’ feeling than social, and quite focused.