If having LinkedIn connected to Microsoft bothers you ZDNet has eleven alternatives. Eleven alternatives to LinkedIn for business social networking
Why did Microsoft buy LinkedIn (at a 50% premium), and what will come from it? From the Economist – Making sense of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn (Jun 15) The staff, big data, the patterns, the information about LinkedIn users, some connection with Office products? Buying Skype in 2011 hasn’t led to much, but we’ll see.
I tired of Google+ very early – found it too complicated and not something I needed. And now it is one more item on the list of failed Google products. However, I am sorry for the many who came to depend on it. With Google products, it’s not a good idea to become too attached. Think of the Google newsreader, Google notebooks, Google news archive ….
Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook, Seth Fiegerman, Mashable (Aug 2)
LinkedIn blog has some pointers on finding people and jobs more quickly — Find People and Jobs Faster with LinkedIn Search.
Of interest are these numbers – “On LinkedIn today, there are more than 330 million profiles, 2 million jobs, 3 million companies, nearly 20 million SlideShares and member posts and more.”
Facebook is not so cosy with Bing anymore.
Facebook Drops Bing From Facebook Search Results, by Marin Beck, Search Engine Land (Dec 12)
Now, in the United States, users can search within posts – it’s mainly about finding people.
Facebook users will want to know about the changes in Facebook Search – but don’t look for any local results.
New Facebook Search: Local Ignored Again — Big Mistake by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Dec 8)
It’s available in US English for the PC and mobile app for the time being. Users can now search Facebook for posts by friends or people/entities that they follow. The results are personalized.
Users can only search for what they can already see on the site. The exception is hashtags. Facebook Search will allow anyone to search for particular hashtags and see results from outside their networks.
Get more from your use of LinkedIn with these tricks for adding connections, sending messages, formulating searches with Boolean operators, setting up alerts – and a few more.
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Mary Ellen Bates has tips for Seriously Searching Social in this latest slideshow presented at Websearch University, September 29. First – be reminded that online social networks are to be used strategically . She shows settings to use at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. Next she covers the Dos and Don’ts of searching social and reviews several strategies.
Good – if you don’t want to be social at Google through Google+, you can say “no thanks”.
Google+ Is No Longer A Requirement For Creating A Google Account, Martin Beck, Search Engine Land (Sept 19)
It should help the company further distance itself from missteps such as the extremely unpopular integration of YouTube comments and Google+.
Pinterest users in the United States can be guided by Pinterest to special interests within a category – such as Outdoors page might suggest Hiking. I don’t see this in Toronto – not rolled out yet.
Pinterest Makes It Easier to Find What Just What You’re Looking For, by Kurt Wagner, Make Use Of (Mashable)
Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to. For example, you can follow interests like hiking, camping or running under the broader “outdoors” category. Following an interest means those pins will now appear in your feed, saving you the hassle of searching for them.