Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who is Linkedin most useful to?: Not us, for sure

I think LinkedIn.com is more useful to companies and recruiters than actual workers. I have been a member of this so-called 'focused' vertical social network for some time, and so far no benefit.

Random notes on what I think about LinkedIn:

1. Most of the LinkedIn updates I receive in my email concerns past colleagues who have moved into HR (whose bread and butter depends upon making connections) or people who do more socializing than actual work ('I have more attestations than you' kind of socializing). These people love to 'pass time.'

2. Like other focused social networks, your success with that network depends on the amount of time you are willing to spend on that network - attesting others, gathering friends, building groups, answering questions, and so on. Putting in more hours at work would have helped you better.

3. Isn't Linkedin a sort of glorifed Job portal with alleged social features, smartly getting users to all the heavy work? Imagine a normal job portal spamming you to do this and that on the site.

4. Like a good job portal, LinkedIn is now making money via listings etc., the same way that job portals do. But still, I can't understand how LinkedIn IPO shares are priced at 'tech bubble like' $32-$35 per share.

Think about it: When was the last time you receive a job offer via LinkedIn?



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