“LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionalsfrom around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualifiedprofessionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.”As a social platform Linkedin allows its users to interact and networkwith other business professionals through connections, groups,internal networks, etc. The appeal of Linkedin is the formality of interaction. Facebook,MySpace, Bebo and other social networks were always a great place toinformally interact. On those networks you connect with friends forsocial branding and informal communication. Whether or not you area business professional, those networks provide a place for personalsharing.Linkedin is also a platform for personal sharing, however, the sharingis driven by job status and professional networking. The network wasthe first social network to really grab the attention and trust of businesses. Why? Because it wasn’t associated with anything otherthan BUSINESS. Today, Linkedin brings together over 55 million usersand enrollment on the network is increasing by one person everysecond. It has become more global as Linkedin claims at least 50% of their new profiles are outside of the United States. There is a profile of a professional from every single fortune 500 company. Because of theimpact the network is having on business, it is important for everybusiness to start NOW! Social networking is still in the baby stagesand it’s obvious that Linkedin is growing. It is time for YOUR companyto get involved. This document will provide a short best practicesguide to utilizing Linkedin for your business and personal branding.