I heard about LinkedIn a while ago, but never seriously considered joining. A few weeks ago, I “joined the network” and started playing around. The first thing I did was gather together as many business cards as I could from my desk drawers and start sending out invitations. After only a few days, I had a dozen or so contacts, a few of whom I have engaged in conversation with already. After thinking, it seems strange that something like this did not come about sooner. Businesses are built on networks, and personal contacts are a vital part to any career. LinkedIn automates this process. As businesses move more towards the internet, sites such as this will have no choice but to thrive.