I do not have statistics, but I would venture a guess that the amount of activity on LinkedIn must be escalating during this recession. My network of 300 people has certainly increased their usage. Do we have more time on our hands? Is LinkedIn the networking power tool of this recession? LinkedIn is an outstanding use of social networking technology for learning.

DeFacto mentoring and learning occurs daily in LinkedIn groups with the use of shared questions and answers. I have LinkedIn set as my home page and use the built-in blog feed application that brings in every blog connected to my network. I realize this technology usage is old news (see Tony Karrer’s blog) but with the recent clamor about Twitter, it is time to once again tout the desktop tool everyone seems to be using. To learn, to connect, and to do so with people of shared interests.