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First off, nice post, Valerie.

I use LinkedIn both as a living rolodex of people I've met or known through different facets of my life, a search tool to find and reconnect with old colleagues and friends, and most importantly my online identity: http://tinyurl.com/2bmg72.

To me... LinkedIn is all about the people I know.

Mario from LinkedIn

Phil:

There is no extra charge for longer comments, as there isn't for 4-color, online.

You describe well the philosophy I follow, too. If people invest the time, then they develop connections.

I agree with you Valeria. As someone who has a very large LinkedIn network, I open my network up to help people who might need help. Because it's all permission based, if I don't know you, I probably won't recommend you to anyone else, nor am I likely to pass along your note to someone else with anything other than a "this person wants to contact you."

From the people, it goes to the conversation. What do you need, and how I can help you? What do you do? What's your passion? What would you like to do? Why do you do what you do?

Then, we get connected. I know what you need, and I can now proactively help you. If I enjoy your writing, and you're trying to get into the writing market, I might encourage you to look through my LinkedIn network to see if someone fits your needs, and if so, ask me to do a real introduction. I'm happy to do so if I feel it would be a fit. Not all connections are interested in this, and that's great by me.

So people, conversations, connections, and hopefully, friendships. As for keeping score, I'd say "How's that working for you?" and answer with a "Not very well." It's like driving a red sports car. Look at me, look at me.

It's not all about me. It's all about YOU.

Sorry for the long comment. I'll put up a post at my blog with all of this too. Maybe others have ideas?

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