Some synergies to the Microsoft – LinkedIn union are beginning to show in the area of education. LinkedIn owns Lynda, a source of many courses for acquiring skills – and of course Microsoft delivers skills building courses. Much more might be made of this.
Education looms big in shared dreams of LinkedIn, Microsoft by Zara Kessler, Bloomberg News via Seattle Times (July 5)
With LinkedIn’s data at hand, Microsoft could control the currently fragmented corporate-training market, education consultant Michael Feldstein suggested to Quartz. On-the-job training has changed, with the employer now “pushing the training cost back onto the employee, in a sense, and demanding more evidence of work-readiness at the point of hire,” said Jeff Strohl, director of research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
There are new educational paradigms emerging. It won’t mean the end of university undergraduate degrees, but it will but more onus on the individual to take on self-training and acquire a few badges to build skills and show initiative and persistence.
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.
This article may have more than you want to know about Reid Hoffman, founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, but the man has some fascinating interests.
The Network Man, by Nicholas Lemann. New Yorker (Oct 12)
There are a few facts about LinkedIn
- over 380 million members
- in April, LinkedIn bought Lynda, the online education company
- over 500,000 new pieces of writing are posted each month by members
- all LinkedIn profiles are partly public
And there is much more about Hoffman and his vision.
Everything about Reid Hoffman—his business, his political activities, his philanthropy, and his social life—is based on a premise about how the economic world will work from now on.
Career and employment will be through Internet-enabled networks.
Work is already becoming more temporary, sporadic, and informal, and this change should be embraced. Many more people will become entrepreneurial, if not entrepreneurs.
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.”
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.
19 LinkedIn Ninja Tricks Experts Haven’t Taught You Yet
[Mentioned in Research Buzz]
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.
LinkedIn has been with us for 11 years as a professional social network. There are 300 million members, of whom about two-thirds log in once a month. Why? What value do members get?
Why LinkedIn is morphing from a social network into an online newspaper, Leo Mirani, Quartz (May 1)
Common view is that it is good for finding a job – or being found. But endorsements and recommendations may be “meaningless”.
By adding news streams LinkedIn gives its users more reasons to log in. Groups – and the opportunity to discuss with others – increases activity.
LinkedIn is counting on people to use the network as a platform to express their own thoughts, hoping they will spread the word themselves. Like any writer, those publishing on LinkedIn will want their work to be read, essentially giving LinkedIn free promotion and giving its millions of members an incentive to bring others to the platform. If the approach works, it will boost pageviews and users and, eventually, ad revenue.
Of Interest: “Non-US users now make up two-thirds of LinkedIn’s membership, versus only one-third five years ago. “
Linkedin Today has a new look and new channels to make it easier for people to follow news in their fields. See — LinkedIn Today Introduces Content Channels (EContent May 9)
You’ll see “Your News”, Influencer Posts, All Influencers, All Channels.
Welcome news – LinkedIn’s New Search Aims For More Engagement With Autocomplete, Unified Results And Improved Alerts in TechCrunch.
… one of the first big overhauls that the search function has had in years, with new features including improved autocomplete and suggested phrasing by way of a new algorithm; unified searches across different product categories; and an improved ability to save searches.
Can we remember a time when we didn’t have Facebook updates, LinkedIn groups, and the day recapped in tweets – oh – and Pinterest? Social media has a firm hold in personal life, business and government. This infographic tells the story for 2012 – a story that includes the rise of Pinterest, the competition between Google+ and Facebook (who is winning?), usage in hours, numbers of people, and stock prices.
The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company