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September 7, 2011

LinkedIn Now Allows Users To Add Volunteer Experience To Profiles

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LinkedInLinkedIn on Wednesday announced a new profile field called Volunteer Experience & Causes, a section which allows users to highlight any unpaid and charitable work experience they have accomplished.

Using the system users can click on specific causes and fill out their experience profile for example users will already find the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity in the system. Users can also add specific organizations to the system if they have not already been added.

The site decided to add the feature after they conducted a recent survey which found that out of 2,000 U.S. professionals, 41% said they use charitable work experience when evaluating candidates for a position. In fact those same professionals say charitable work matters just as much as paid work with 20% revealing that they have hired workers based on volunteer experience. read more

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July 25, 2011

‘Apply With LinkedIn’ Button Goes Live With Easy Integration, Simple Application Process

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Apply With LinkedIn ButtonLinkedIn on Monday officially released the “Apply With LinkedIn” button which allows social media friendly businesses to accept job applications via a users LinkedIn profile.

The social network is calling their new feature “the future of job applications” which they say will include making the job application process as simple as a click.

The button functions in the same was as the Facebook Like and Twitter tweet buttons, allowing users to embed a job application button on their website. Once a user clicks on the button they are given the opportunity to request references from their contacts.

Here’s a closer look at the simple referral request display: read more

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July 16, 2011

LinkedIn Revamps Profiles For Recent College Grads, Helps Them Gain A Step Up

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LinkedIn LogoLeaving college with a nice new shiny degree, very little experience and loads of student debt can be a daunting reality which is why LinkedIn on Friday rolled out new student profile pages that are meant to highlight a students accomplishments for potential employers.

The new profiles allow recent graduates to add all of their accomplishments to their profile, showing future employers all of their “non-business” but related experiences in one easy to view screen.

Among a users new profile features are: projects, honors and awards, organizations, courses taken in college and even test scores from major tests. read more

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June 30, 2011

Flipboard Partners with LinkedIn, Offers Better Performance On Every Level

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Flipboard for iPadFlipboard on Thursday rolled out version 1.5 of their popular social news reading application for iPad and with that new release comes improved navigation, integration with LinkedIn and the ability to better share and find news.

Users of Flipboard can now explore as many feeds as they would like (instead of the former 21 feeds limit), while conducting cross-network searches on any subject the user chooses without using “complex” setup processes.

One very cool bit of integration is the ability to pull up a publications Twitter feed, explore what they have posted and then jump into those articles back in the flipboard app by clicking on Twitter URLs via the account: read more

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April 7, 2011

LinkedIn Finally Gets Android App; Two Years After iPhone

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LinkedIn LogoLinkedIn version 1.0 has finally arrived for Google Android users. The app is the first released by the business social network for the world’s best selling smartphone OS, despite the fact that an iPhone application has been available since 2008.

Users the Android 1.0 app users are able to search the site, send messages, view updates and more.

The application specifically offers six “modules” which include updates, search, connections, invitations, messages and “reconnect” where users can find members, accept or deny connection requests and even find connection suggestions and check out their timeline updates.

According to LinkedIn there Android application is:

“A continuation of our efforts to help you leverage the power of your professional network anywhere, anytime.” read more

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March 22, 2011

LinkedIn Passes 100 Million Users, Celebrates With Infographic

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LinkedIn ImageLinkedIn on Tuesday announced that they have passed the 100 million registered users mark and to celebrate they have provided an infographic of interesting facts about the company.

You may recall that LinkedIn passed 85 million users just 6 months ago (October 2010). 15 million users is an impressive number when you consider that the company took six years to pass the 50 million point.

Among some of the company’s most interesting infographic stats; 56% of LinkedIn’s users live outside the United States with Brazil among the company’s quickest growing markets, while there are more than 1 million teachers using LinkedIn.

Other info includes private vs. public sector numbers, peak usage times, the number of members in groups and the most represented company’s on the site which includes Amazon and Cisco among others.

Here’s the LinkedIn Infographic: read more

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March 11, 2011

What Is LinkedIn Today?

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LinkedIn hasn’t shied away from improving its service by adding new features, the most recent being its revamped company search feature. Continuing the trend is LinkedIn Today, a newspaper that aggregates the latest social news.

LinkedIn Today puts a new spin on aggregating social news and displays what’s relevant to your industry keeping you up to date on your field. LinkedIn takes a familiar approach by pulling content from the Twitter feeds of relevant and respected online publications. Categories include Online Media, Internet, IT, Marketing & Advertising, Computer Software and Design.
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February 27, 2011

LinkedIn Debuts Company Search, Brings Professionals Closer To The Social Graph

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Shortly after filing for an IPO, LinkedIn has announced its extensive company search tool which will bring professionals more information about the companies their colleagues work at and allow them to connect with other businesses.

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February 24, 2011

Visualize Your Social Network With New LinkedIn Tool

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LinkedIn Visual AppLinkedIn on Thursday sent out an email that provides a new web app that allows users to view which users changed jobs or updated their profile in 2009, 2010 and in the first part of 2011.

You may recall that the visualization tool was e-mailed to members towards the beginning of 2011 and provided just 2010 stats information, apparently it was so successful the company wants members to enjoy it’s benefits all the time.

The program works by providing a collage of profile updates with headshots of each person in the collage, click on a persons picture and you are taken directly to that person’s profile.

According to LinkedIn principal software engineer Dhananjay Ragade, the idea for the mosaic page was chosen during a LinkedIn hack day, which occurs “one day a month when everyone is encouraged to play with new technologies and come up with something creative.” read more

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January 28, 2011

LinkedIn Goes Public But Who Owns The Biggest Slice Of The Pie?

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LinkedIn LogoLinkedIn is proving it pays to network. The company has filled its S-1 papers with the Security and Exchanges Comission for an initial public offering.

2010 was the year of IPOs, or at least guessing which Internet giants would hit Wallstreet first. Facebook, Demand Media and Skype were the biggest names tossed around the business networking site LinkedIn is starting 2011 as a publicly traded company.

But who owns what of LinkedIn? Previously unreleased details were revealed in its SEC filing as the company prepares to go public.

Via TechCrunch

TechCrunch sifted through LinkedIn’s S-1’s papers and discovered founder/chairman Reid Hoffman along with his wife Michelle Yee own 19,066,032 shares or a 21.4% share of the company. Other notable shareholders include investors Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners which own 18.9, 15.8 and 5.1 percent of shares respectively. Until the share prices are announced, we won’t know exactly how big the impact of say, 19 million shares is but in the mean time we can guesstimate.

Nicholas Carson at Business Insider did some math and came to this conclusion:

But we do know the company has ~$200 million annual revenues. That’s up 200% from a year ago, so a healthy 10X valuation is entirely called for. So figure it’s a $2 billion company, pre-IPO.
That would mean LinkedIn Reid Hoffman’s 21.4% stake is worth $430 million. CEO Jeff Weiner’s is worth $80 million. Sequoia’s stake – bought for $4.7 million – is worth $380 million, Greylock’s $320 million, Bessemer’s, $100 million.

Not bad for a company that makes networking with business professionals easier. If this is LinkedIn’s IPO, what will Facebook’s monstrous IPO look like?

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