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I agree with the friend you quoted in the article. LinkedIn is useless, and your defense of it sounds very much like "ad copy"--trying to "spin" reality.
Over the past five years, I have discovered that the "justice" of the job market is simple and severe. If something gets you a job, it's a good thing. If it doesn't get you a job, it's a bad thing. LinkedIn has been of NO help to me at all in finding a job; therefore, it is a very bad thing.
Don't tell me about "networking" or "effective recruiting tool" or "properly using the platform." I've done all that. LinkedIn is just smoke-and-mirrors, used to distract people from the reality that there are 15 million fewer jobs today than there were five years ago. The Great Recession is NOT over, and 15 million unemployed people just like me are suffering mightily. And I'm tired of hearing people like you (safely and steadily employed) blaming US. You have NO idea how bad it is "out there."