What's going on with LinkedIn? In the past couple of weeks I've gotten a half-dozen invitations from people to join their LinkedIn networks. I'm not sure I'd had a half dozen LinkedIn requests in the past six months. Moreover, several people I've talked to report the same experience: a sudden flood of LinkedIn activity in the past couple of weeks. On a possibly related note, I'm starting to get Facebook invitations, as well, now that Facebook is open to everyone and not just college students. Maybe that's somehow driving the LinkedIn activity, as well.
Of course, the problem is that I've yet to encounter anybody who has found a use for LinkedIn, aside from the amusement value of reading puffed resumes. (It's amazing how many people claim to be founders of companies they joined months after the company began operations!) I've heard second- and third-hand stories of people doing all sorts of hiring and business deals through LinkedIn connections; that's news to me and other LinkedIn participants I know. Basically, it looks like a glorified Rolodex, with the added ability of being able to track down former colleagues you've lost touch with. But based on the activity of the past couple of weeks, you have to wonder if it's suddenly hit some sort of new level of critical mass.