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  • LinkedIn’s new Contacts Tool: can it really provide smarter relationships?

    The professional networking giant Linkedin has launched ‘LinkedIn Contacts’, a new tool which it says will allow people to maintain smart relationships with their LinkedIn connections and to build relationships with people who they don’t know. The new feature ‘LinkedIn Contacts’ is not yet available to all the users but to a very few as part of the Beta Testing Phase. You could be one of a small group to get it soon, by joining the waiting list. So, what can you get of LinkedIn Contacts? Let’s have a detailed look. All your contacts in one place According LinkedIn, Contacts...

  • LinkedIn goes native with its smartphone apps

    This is interesting. LinkedIn has completely revamped it smartphone apps, following Facebook's lead in abandoning HTML 5 for native efforts. Officially the professional social networking giant unveiled the updates to provide a better experience for its members and to allow them to "quickly discover and engage with the rich professional insights being shared across LinkedIn to help them make smarter decisions from wherever they may be working". And it certainly does that. The new apps look a hell of a lot better than the old ones. It's also included posts from influencers in its stream and, it claims, made it...

  • LinkedIn set to establish SA presence with Graylink partnership

    Professional social networking giant LinkedIn is getting ready to launch a South African presence through partnering up with recruitment software specialist Graylink. Graylink provides web and mobile recruiting software solutions to some of that country's top companies including: ABSA, Capitec, Discovery, Medi-Clinic, Shoprite, Sasol, Telkom and Woolworths. The partnership sees the company become the first official LinkedIn Talent Solutions partner in the South African market as part of the social network's global expansion plan. Andy Lea, LinkedIn Partner Manager EMEA reckons that emerging markets are an important growth areas for LinkedIn as it expands its footprint internationally. “Sixty-four percent...

  • LinkedIn officially welcomes Pulse to the family after paying $90m

    LinkedIn has officially bought the company behind new reading app Pulse for US$90-million, a month after reports emerged that a deal was set to go through. The professional social network has confirmed that it paid US$90-million for the news reader. The vast majority of that US$90-million (around 90%) comes in stock, while the rest is cash. In an official blog post, LinkedIn's senior vice president of products and user experience Deep Nishar, confirmed that the acquisition had been made to bolster LinkedIn's publishing chops. "We believe LinkedIn can be the definitive professional publishing platform -- where all professionals come...

  • Thanks for the congratulatory email LinkedIn but so what?

    I received an email from LinkedIn on 7 February which congratulated me for having one of the top one percent most viewed LinkedIn profiles in 2012. After my initial excitement waned and I got to hear from a whole bunch of other people that they also received the same email, I started thinking about how important the message LinkedIn sent me really was. Most people create a profile on LinkedIn for a specific reason and these generally revolve around getting employed, meeting new business partners and identifying new business opportunities for themselves or for the organisation they represent. Depending...

  • 5 things about LinkedIn that will drive you completely mad

    So were you one of the roughly 10-million people who got a mail from LinkedIn congratulating you on having one of the top 5% most viewed profiles? Did it make you feel special? Or, as in the case of Diane Truman, editor-in-chief of Zillow, did you find it creepy? I was thoroughly irritated by that mail. It felt very spammy, a blatant attempt to appeal to narcissism, and not entirely credible. If I’m one of the top 5% most viewed profiles, and I’ve never generated any work as a result of my presence on LinkedIn, then what does that...

  • 5 simple things you can do on LinkedIn to boost your career

    If social networks were people then LinkedIn would be the grey-suited accountant sitting at the corner of a party too shy to talk to people. Twitter, of course would be the hipster chick and Facebook would be the jock in the cloakroom talking about his recent conquests. I recently saw a message posted on Facebook that read “Daughter, if you want to be successful in life, ignore the jock and spend time with the nerds in the class”; and it got me thinking: how often are we ignoring LinkedIn as a powerful tool to further our careers. LinkedIn isn’t pretty to...

  • Using Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to reach your target audience

    Engaging and connecting with your target audience is what social media all about. With millions of users across all the social media channels available, the biggest challenge for many businesses is how to get hold of their target audience on the channels that they use. While it may be important to reach a broad group of consumers with your digital marketing strategy, it's just as important to reach consumers that are actually interested in your company and what you stand for. These people can help you spread the message about your business to their own social media circles. Do you...

  • LinkedIn Q3 results: a social network in rude health

    LinkedIn is in rude health. Its Q3 financial results completely demolished analysts expectations. That's no hyperbole, it beat them by 80%. The professional social network, which now has 187-million members, is one of the few not to have fallen prey to post-IPO blues -- up nearly 70% in the year since it went public. Revenue for the third quarter was US$252-million, an increase of 81% compared to US$139.5-million in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter was US$2.3-million, compared to a net loss of US$1.6-million for the third quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income for...

  • LinkedIn’s 4 tips for getting people to notice you

    Look, we all know that LinkedIn is incredibly important. That it's gone beyond being an online CV is obvious. It's also much more than just a place for making online business connections. The professional social network is a great place for promoting content, your business, and most importantly yourself. But with over 150-million registered users, getting noticed can sometimes be a little tricky. Most of use recognise that merely filling out a profile isn't going to cut it. As LinkedIn's Nicole Williams notes "being part of an online community means engaging regularly to make an impact." Knowing where...

  • CEOs beware: there are perils to sharing your LinkedIn password!

    Thou shalt not share your LinkedIn password with your colleagues at work, unless you are happy to face the prospects of having your account hacked and stolen right under your nose. A New York court recently ruled that an employer did stay within the legal realm when it hijacked the previous CEO’s LinkedIn account after booting her out of the company. After being fired by the company she founded, Linda Eagle learned to her horror that not only her LinkedIn account had been compromised but her picture and name had been replaced by those of her successor. Eagle had made the fatal...

  • LinkedIn after Twitter: Facebook referrals jump 1000%

    Were you concerned that the LinkedIn newsfeed was set for a quick demise after Twitter decided to disconnect from the service and no longer allowed tweets to feed through on to your home screen? Well, it seems your fears were unfounded: the LinkedIn team seems to be happier without it, and all the LinkedIn users just seem to be clicking on through to the other big blue social network. According to analytics service PageLever, the volume of referrals from LinkedIn to Facebook has spiked dramatically -- according to its data, it increased by 1000% in July compared to any...

  • Did losing Twitter really make LinkedIn better?

    At the recent ‘TechCrunch: Disrupt Technology’ Conference held in San Francisco, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman rocked the audience when he revealed that “from a LinkedIn perspective, it improved the product to lose the Twitter connection.” Just three months ago, Twitter broke up its digital marriage to LinkedIn when it suspended its news feed link into the LinkedIn update reel -- much to the ire of the global social networking community. Apparently the reason for this sudden departure from the world’s largest professional network was Twitter’s decision to encourage users to visit its own services rather than a different...

  • 6 tips for making meaningful business connections on LinkedIn

    You most likely already have a LinkedIn profile, connected with a couple of people that you know, and joined a few groups - now what? Did you know that you can use LinkedIn as a source of leads for your business? LinkedIn is not the same as Facebook, Twitter or any of the other popular social media channels. Even though there are more than 175-million members on LinkedIn and two new members joining every second, many people are still unsure how to really use this professional network for lead generation. Like all the other social media channels, LinkedIn does require...

  • 4 ways LinkedIn is completely defying its most sceptical critics

    LinkedIn continues to be not only the social media site for professionals, but the professional of the social media companies. One of the best-performing recent tech IPOs reported another strong quarter, beating expectations for revenue and boosting full-year guidance. Shares jumped 12% to US$105.24 in recent trading. This comes a week after Facebook shares dropped steadily in the wake of its earnings and its stock hit an all-time low, dipping below US$20 for the first time ever. Currently, LinkedIn is trading at twice its IPO price; whereas Facebook is trading at just over 50% of its IPO price. And...