LinkedIn to Gates

Bill Gates is on LinkedIn…are you?  I’m behind the curve on the social networking side, but I do find LinkedIn to be a fascinating tool.  We are just starting to expand our sourcing activities into the LinkedIn space and it is already paying dividends. We are starting to receive 2nd and 3rd degree of separation contacts from job seekers, business owners and old classmates.  It it almost like drawing a “Chance” card in monopoly – you’re not quite sure who is contacting you, but it always draws your attention.

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LinkedIn To BusinessWeek

I’m still a LinkedIn neophyte, but I like the development they are pursuing.  From Online Media Daily comes this story – LinkedIn Opens ‘Back End’ To BusinessWeek, Other Web Publishers: LINKEDIN, A SOCIAL NETWORK TARGETING business professionals, is living up to its name. It’s opening its “back end” to Web publishers that want to bring the network’s functions to their sites. The first publisher to get the LinkedIn invitation, BusinessWeek, wants to use its networking function to make BW’s Web site a place where business types can connect and maybe even make deals–in other words, a place to do business, rather than just read about it. In one feature, LinkedIn… Read More

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MySpace LinkedIn

Well here is an interesting rumor from TechCrunch: An unconfirmed rumour has reached me via a reliable source that LinkedIn is in talks with media giant News Corporation over a possible buyout in January 2008. The reason I am running with this, is that the source is very well-placed. Furthermore, the rumour has the fundamental ring of truth about it. We’ll have to keep an eye on this interesting development.

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LinkedIn On Top…For Now

Online Media Daily has a news brief regarding the fastest growing social networking sites.  AMONG TOP SOCIAL NETWORKS, LINKED-IN was the fastest-growing over the last year, according to October ratings released Wednesday by Nielsen Online. The site geared toward professional users drew 4.9 million visitors last month, up from 1.7 million a year ago. Other fast-growing social networks included kiddie site Club Penguin, up 157% to 3.8 million users, and Facebook, more than doubling its audience to 19.5 million in the last year. MySpace remained the top social network with 58.8 million users, up 19% from 2006. LinkedIn was the fastest growing, but it seems like Facebook is the site… Read More

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Facebook, Microsoft And Banner Ads

From Inc.com regarding Microsoft’s staggering investment in Facebook (emphasis mine): The software megalith paid $240 million for a 1.6 percent equity stake in the fast growing social network. That’s a lot of money, but the real reason for the Facebook brouhaha is the valuation: $15 billion dollars for a company that has revenues estimated at $150 million, profits of approximately $30 million, a flip-flop wearing 23 year old of a CEO. The idea that Facebook might be worth $1 billion let alone $15 billion seemed like near insanity only a year ago, which makes Microsoft’s investment a huge coup for Mark Zuckerberg. But look beyond the numbers, and you’ll see… Read More

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MS Facebook

From the rumor mill: Setting the stage for a possible bidding battle, Microsoft Corp. is mulling an investment in Facebook Inc. that would value the rapidly growing online hangout at $10 billion or more, according to a report published Monday. Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal said Microsoft is holding preliminary discussions that could culminate in a $300 million to $500 million in Facebook, a Palo Alto social-networking site founded just 3 1/2 years ago. Interesting, but here is the information that caught my attention: An outright sale of Facebook is considered unlikely. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 23-year-old co-founder and chief executive, has repeatedly expressed his… Read More

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Losing Your Job Via MySpace

There is a fine line that has yet to be determined when it comes to blogs, social networking and other web 2.0 tools.  Case in point, this post from Podcasting News: Last year, she was dismissed from the student teaching program at a nearby high school and denied her teaching credential after the school staff came across her photograph on her MySpace profile. She filed a lawsuit in April this year in federal court in Philadelphia contending that her rights to free expression under the First Amendment had been violated. No trial date has been set. Her photo, preserved at the “Wired Campus” blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education,… Read More

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