Forgive the ignorance - I'm sure I should know this stuff.
But please, do you use LinkedIn - and, if you do - what for? I joined ages ago, filled in the profile-thingy, because someone said it might be a good idea. I even update that from time to time, when a new book comes out, that sort of thing. Apart from that I more or less ignore it.
I few people invited me to join their networks - well, there seemed no harm in that. It was only a technical link, after all - I wasn't inviting them into my house for cake. Then more people invited me to join their networks, and more ... and now every day brings an invitation. Today it was from someone in Turin, which is no doubt a lovely city - but he doesn't know me (even virtually - I've not seen him twittering, and there've been no Italian visitors to the blog). Still, he claims to be in publishing ... though I could claim the be the Queen of Sheba and no one would be any the wiser. (Does everyone tell the truth on LinkedIn? That seems unlikely.)
I can't work out what it's for. What am I missing? It seems to me like a web of people with tenuous onlineconnections that mean very little. I've had the occasional 'please buy my book' message, but apart from that - nothing. Is there a useful forum that's hiding in the shadows? If you're searching for an editor, or a short story writer, or even a travel writer, do you start by checking out your connections on LinkedIn?
Or is it just another site wanting to suck time out of us?