Time and time again I get questions about LinkedIn.

People gush over on FaceBook, and they play on Twitter, but they just aren’t sure WHAT to do with LinkedIn.

Like the other popular social media platforms, LinkedIn has been smart about constantly morphing their platform to accept new trends.  In that sense, LinkedIn encourages a lot of interaction and inter-relations between it’s members…and it pays to stay abreast of their tweaks.

But make no mistake about it, LinkedIn is the more serious sibling of the Social Media family…and LI does much to encourage and strengthen that reputation.  No other Social Network gives you the deep and wide search tools that LinkedIn offers.  The other huge strength of LI is its groups.  If you’re not maximizing your 50 possible group subscriptions, you’re not taking advantage of one of its richest features.  And here’s the thing…while you may want to add the various popular VO groups to your list…make sure to join some other groups where you might make relationships and find work (i.e…audio professionals, e-learning groups, audiobook publishers, etc).

Below is a list of 11 sites I have built-in to my Google Reader list for LI tips.  I try to visit most of them several times a week for tips.

1) http://linkedintelligence.com/

2) http://www.chrisbrogan.com/five-things-to-do-on-linkedin/

3) http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Leveraging-this-group-LinkedIn-open-3341869.S.86266352

4) http://www.socialmediainformer.com/2012/linkedin/social-media/

5) http://linkedintelligence.com/smart-ways-to-use-linkedin/

6) http://www.cio.com/article/697424/5_LinkedIn_Tips_for_Career_Success_in_2012

7) http://linkedin.alltop.com/

8) http://www.booleanblackbelt.com/2012/01/how-to-see-full-names-of-3rd-degree-connections-on-linkedin

9) http://www.chrisbrogan.com/power-up-your-linkedin-profile/

10) http://blog.linkedin.com/

11) http://imonlinkedinnowwhat.com/