I was reading Shel Holtz' Blog today, A Shel Of My Former Self, and his post, Taking Advantage Of LinkedIn. Like Shel, I get many questions and comments about how to better use LinkedIn and whether or not it is worth it to purchase the premium services (LinkedIn always plays a small role in my public speaking presentations). I have never bought the premium services, so I don't even know what the offer is and, much like Shel, I typically use LinkedIn (which is like a MySpace for business people) to do research regarding both individuals and organizations.
Shel's Blog posting links through to Guy Kawasaki's excellent post, Ten Ways To Use LinkedIn (truth is, if you read the comments on Guy's Blog posting, there are more than ten). There are many gems within Kawasaki's words (as usual).
Lifehack.org (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Blogs) also has a follow-up post, Twelve Ways To Use LinkedIn. If you dig a little more through the comments, Trackbacks or do a Technorati search on "LinkedIn", odds are there are many more LinkedIn jewels to discover.
Every once in a while, I revisit my LinkedIn profile, update it, take a look at who else has recently joined and do my best to increase my network. While it's not one of my "must-have" tools, it has also come in handy when I'm traveling to different cities and would like to meet-up with some new people.
If you're using LinkedIn and would like to connect, you can find my profile here: LinkedIn - Mitch Joel Profile.
If there are some tips and tricks that you've uncovered, please feel free to share them with us.