However, it is a tool that is under-utilized."
There are many reasons why people would choose to utilize a website such as LinkedIn. These include increasing one's visibility, improving one's connectability, improving one's Google PageRank, enhancing search engine results, perform company reference checks of all types, increase the relevancy of one's job search, make for smoother interviews, monitor the health of a company, monitor the health of an industry, track start-ups, and ask for advice (Kawasaki, 2007).
I found the LinkedIn website to be a lot like Facebook or MySpace as far as creating a network. The overall focus of the website is different, though. Instead of focusing on networking with friends, it focuses on networking with professionals. I did, however, find it difficult to connect and/or make contact with my new contacts, which is probably just because I am new to the site and do not know how to utilize it thoroughly. When I joined, I immediately had four co-workers join me. I am looking forward to what this site can do for me in the future.