After reading about LinkedIn over on rc3.org and a few other places I decided to try it out. It is basically a professional networking service that creates linkages among invitation-only networks while protecting the privacy of the participants. After making 4 invitation links I now have access to a network of over 1200 very interesting people. Pretty amazing.
I think this type of service is the kind of thing that professional associations should be focusing on: fostering quality connections among their members. That’s what they are all about and LinkedIn shows how you can facilitate that need in unique and valuable ways via the Web.