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June 20, 2012

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against LinkedIn

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LinkedIn SuedSince going public LinkedIn has managed to record record profits, grow quarterly and attract millions of new users. Unfortunately the company has also failed to live up to security measures which has led to a $5 million class action lawsuit.

Last month 6 million user passwords were leaked to a Russian website and the company has been hit with several phishing scams.

The full lawsuit was uploaded to Scribd by the user jeff_roberts881 and was filed by Katie Szpyrka “on behalf of all others similarly situated” against the “LinkedIn Corporation.”

The lawsuit specifically addresses LinkedIn’s inability to protect email addresses, passwords and login credentials. The lawsuit claims that the lack of security is in direction violation of LinkedIn’s own “User Agreement and Privacy Policy.” read more

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June 8, 2012

LinkedIn Disables Hacked Passwords

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LinkedIn has announced plans to disable user accounts that are still using hacked passwords. The company says it will suspend the accounts of 6.5 million users and then send those users the information necessary to reset their account.

In a blog post LInkedIn director Vicente Silveira wrote:

“Our first priority was to lock down and protect the accounts associated with the decoded passwords that we believed were at the greatest risk. We’ve invalidated those passwords and contacted those members with a message that lets them know how to reset their passwords.”

Silveira continued:

“Going forward, as a precautionary measure, we are disabling the passwords of any other members that we believe could potentially be affected. Those members are also being contacted by LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords.” read more

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June 7, 2012

Social Networks Broken Down By Demographic [Infographic]

To better portray how certain demographics use social networking and to show the pull those social networks have over users the team at Go-Gulf.com created a social network infographic.

Some statistics we already knew, for example Facebook rules the pack with 901+ million users. Other facts though are interesting, for example learning that Pinterest is still dominated by 68.2 % women.

Interestingly enough Pinterest users spend the same 405 minutes per month browsing the sites various pins when compared to 405 minutes that users spend on various parts of the Facebook website. read more

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May 7, 2012

LinkedIn Releases Q1 2012 Earnings Report, Has Best Quarter Ever

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Sales at the network for the quarter reached $188.5 million, $10 million more than the $178.4 million expected by analysts. The company also reported a net income increase of $5 million which is up from $2.08 million one year prior. Analysts expected 0 cents per share but were instead met with 4 cents a share.

The company also announced an increased user base which jumped to 161 million users from 150 million in the previous quarter.  read more

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April 30, 2012

LinkedIn Is Huge…In India

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LinkedIn Huge In IndiaLinkedIn isn’t just a big publicly traded social network in the United States, it’s one of the fastest growing internet company’s in India, growing by more than 300% in the last three years.

According to recent numbers from company CEO Jeff Weiner, 14 million people in India use LinkedIn with the company excited to target the more than 300 million young people who live in the country in the coming months and years ahead.

Speaking at LinkedIn’s B2B conference in Mumbai Weiner told the audience that he wants big firms in India to adapt to LinkedIn’s platform in order to find new workers in a country where the tech boom has benefited many of the countries tech savvy workers, especially the regions younger generations. read more

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April 26, 2012

LinkedIn iPad App Brings Full Force Of Business Network To The Masses

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LinkedIn iPad App UpdatesSocial network LinkedIn on Friday rolled out a new iPad app which provides LinkedIn users with the ability to take advantage of the new iPad’s “retina display” while accessing most major functions found on the company’s website.

Currently serving more than 150 million users per month users formerly had to download the iPhone version of the program to gain mobile access, an option that was not optimized for iPad use.

Once installed users will notice the “in” button in the top left corner which will guide them through a simple and effective tutorial which explains the new iPad based application, allows users to filter through updates and much more.

The biggest upgrade to the company’s mobile strategy is likely the addition of more activity in the users home stream. The new app includes LinkedIn news, Dow Jones monitory, a calendar box that pulls from your Apple calendar and more. read more

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February 27, 2012

LinkedIn Launches “Follow Company” Button

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LinkedIn Follow Company ButtonBusiness owners looking to take further advantage of the LinkedIn platform can now add a “follow company” button to their website, allowing users to take advantage of one-click following capabilities.

Announced on LinkedIn’s blog on Monday the button works much in the same way as the Facebook and Twitter follow buttons, allowing users to receive automatic updates from within their LinkedIn feeds.

So far the follow button has been placed on pages for AT&T, American Express and Starbucks and several other top brands. Users will be able to simply click the button if already logged in at which point they will follow the brand. Non-logged in users will be asked to first provide their LinkedIn information. read more

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January 4, 2012

MyPermissions Shows Which Developers Have Access To Social Profiles, Offers Management

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These days it’s easy to give dozens, even hundreds of developers access to your social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc…). Those developers typically use that data to post information with your permission, pull your feeds for use on other accounts and for various other reasons.

While most developer uses won’t hurt your social media standing it’s still a good idea to manage those accounts. For that specific purpose the MyPermissions program was created.

The program was created by Avi Charkham when he became frustrated having to search eight different app pages for his numerous social media accounts.  read more

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November 8, 2011

LinkedIn User Base Grows By 60% In 2011

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LinkedInSharing their second ever earnings statement as a publicly traded company LinkedIn revealed on Tuesday that the company has witnessed 60% user growth in 2011.

The company also revealed that more of their increased user base comes from unique visitors, an important metric for advertising purposes while their revenue has doubled.

LinkedIn also announced that 51% of their quarterly revenue was helped along by their Hiring Solutions which makes perfect sense during a down economy.

In the coming months LinkedIn hopes to expound upon their success with new applications including the Apply Through LinkedIn applications while targeting newly graduated students thanks to the recently launched Classmates tool.  read more

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October 6, 2011

HootSuite Platform Adds LinkedIn Company Pages And Groups

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Hootsuite LinkedIn LogoHootsuite on Thursday announced the integration of LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups to their social media management platform.

The previous version of Hootsuite only offered access to a users main LinkedIn profile.

Using the new Hootsuite feature LinkedIn users can send company status updates and even start group discussions directly from inside the Hootsuite product.  read more

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