As Facebook stumbles, LinkedIn thrives

  • Article by: Brandon Bailey , San Jose Mercury News
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 9:01 PM

Selling access to talent helps fuel growth faster than Facebook.

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herby2013Apr. 25, 13 6:24 AM

Facebook could easily kill LinkedIn and Twitter if it wanted to, do serious damage to Google, and even possibly put Amazon out of business. Facebook could be a juggernaut like the world has never seen but Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg does not possess the intellect nor business savvy to do so. If you read about Zuckerberg and how Facebook was started, and the allegations surrounding Zuckerberg's possible theft of intellectual property used to launch Facebook, you will find he is no visionary nor great business leader. Myspace had a commanding lead on Facebook but died because it was so slow and not as easy to use. The internet graveyard is littered with former high-flying dot-coms that once held promise (or at least that was the story sold to investors) that later died and disappeared from memory. I believe LinkedIn will be another one, along with Groupon, Twitter , LivingSocial, and a few more I could mention.

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pitythefoolsApr. 25, 13 7:15 AM

Linkedin took off when the economy imploded. The only people I know who keep an updated Linkedin profile are the unemployed, hoping that somehow they will be "discovered" by those looking to hire. Guaranteed, their profiles are only what they want known, not their entire experience, pure posturing. Other than that, it's quite useless. "Recommendations" are a joke, look at how many recommendations are between two people who just traded with each other in order to have some recommendations. The forums personally identify posts, which employers and potential employers can read, so the talk is all happy talk, and "see how much I know about this" talk. The new "Skills" are just a silly add-on. I get people recommending my "skills" that have no idea who I am or what I do, they're just hoping to get recommendations back. And LIONS are the worst. LinkIn Open NetworkerS, who accept any and all invitations, just to see how many "connections" they can rack up. Linkedin will die, just as all the other social media sites have over time.

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marsbonfireApr. 25, 13 7:19 AM

gotta love the irony of some anonymous internet poster, questioning the intellect of a guy that created a 65 billion dollar company and who's currently worth about 13 billion and ranked number 25th most powerful person in Forbes, all at the age of 28. Yeah, he's dumb as a bag of hammers.....thanks for the morning laugh, herby2013

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