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I’ve been ignoring the “social network” phenomenon for a long time but I’ve finally given in and, as some people have already discovered, signed up to LinkedIn. I don’t know whether this is a good, bad, or pointless thing to do, but I thought I’d give it a go for a while and see what happens.

At present, though, I’m only linking to people who fall into one of several restrictive categories: I know them “outside” the internet, or have worked for them, or collaborated with them, or had a length technical exchange with them either by email or in person at a technical conference.

So if you send me a “Join my network” and I don’t do anything about it, please don’t be offended – it just means you don’t belong to a fairly restricted group. (On the other hand, since I’ve averaged about 3 days per site at 40 client sites per year for the last 10 years, it’s possible that you’ve been let down by my appalling memory for names.)