LinkedIn hits 10 million members in UK

LinkedIn members reach 10 million in UK!LinkedIn may not be as popular as Facebook in regards to members, but LinkedIn must be doing something right as they have stuck in the social networking race for quite a while.

LinkedIn currently has about 175 million members worldwide, a far cry from Facebook’s.

The business social network revealed that there are now 10 million members that reside in UK, which means 4 out of every 5 professionals have now signed up to their services.

According to data released by LinkedIn, there are 406,850 LinkedIn members who have company directors as their designations. About 533,641 members on the other hand see themselves as business owners. Veterinarians number 18,750 while 50,496 are teachers. Only 130 sailors listed their profession.

LinkedIn European Managing Director Ariel Eckstein said, “Reaching 10 million members in the UK shows that skilled workers believe our community is vital to their careers. Every day, our members are adding information to their profiles, sharing important views and insights, connecting to one another, building their networks and getting access to a world of potential contacts, business partners, investors, employers and employees.”

LinkedIn members in UK are mostly found in London, Birmingham, Reading, Edinburgh and Manchester.

What can you say about LinkedIn?

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The Winklevoss twins are back!

“The band is back together.”

This was what Tyler Winklevoss said during a lunch interview with the Wall Street Journal. Together with his brother Cameron and Divya Narendra, Tyler proclaimed that they are going at it once again after the three of them inked a deal to support SumZero which Narendra and a fellow Harvard alum Aalap Mahadevia founded.

If you watched the 2010 film “The Social Network” then these three might be familiar to you.

Narendra and the Winklevoss twins met during their college days to discuss a new way of connecting fellow Harvard students. The idea of Harvard Connection was born. The name changed to ConnectU which features Mark Zuckerberg as one of the site’s designers.

The following year, Zuckerberg founded Facebook and moved out of the group, thus the start of a long tedious legal battle which ended with Zuckerberg settling the dispute and paid the Winklevoss twins with $20 million in cold hard cash and $45 million of Facebook private stock.

Sum enables investors to be members only if they work on the “buy side”.

According to Narendra, “We’re offering the site as an alternative to sell-side research.”

Will this investment by the Winklevoss twins turn up to buy another gold mine?

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Louisiana law helps you protect your children from sex offenders

A state in the US has passed a law requiring child predators and sex offenders to disclose their criminal status on their Facebook profiles and other social networking sites making it the first ever state in the US to pass such legislation.

A Louisiana law says that those who have been found guilty of sex offending shall place their crime in the social networking account’s status, the jurisdiction of conviction and a description of their physical characteristics with current address. The law will take effect on the 1st day of August.

For their part, Facebook has already refused to allow sex offenders to create their Facebook accounts.

According the State rep. Jeff Thompson as told to CNN, “It provides the same notice to persons in whose home you are injecting yourself via the Internet. I challenge you today to walk down the street to see how many people and children are checking Pinterest, Instagram and other social networking sites. If you look at how common it is, that’s 24 hour a day, seven days a week for somebody to interact with your children and your grandchildren.”

Is this law fair to those who are found guilty of these types’ offenses? How about those guilty individuals who don’t have any social networking sites?

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Facebook still the king of social networking sites

Facebook continues to lord it over the social networking scene and is now the most used social networking site in 126 out of 137 countries the world over.

The Next Web said that, according to Vincenzo Cosenza, Facebook is still the king in 126 countries. He analyzed the data based on a combination of Google Trends and Alexa for Website traffic.

Consenza said, “Europe is the largest continent on Facebook with 232 million users, while North America has 222 million and the whole of Asia boasts 219 million users.”

However, when we talk about Russian speaking countries, Facebook lags behind VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.

In China, PC Magazine said that QZone is the foremost social networking site used. It has about 560 million users. They cite that the banning of Facebook in several areas in the country as the reason behind this.

QZone is followed by Tencent Weibo which has 337 million users and Sina Weibo with 334 million.

Meanwhile, other social network sites such as Twitter, Badoo and LinkedIn are battling it out for the second spot in various countries worldwide.

Consenza said, “If we take a look over Facebook’s shoulders we can see the battle for the second position between Twitter and LinkedIn or, especially in Europe, between Badoo and Twitter.”

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Facebook’s “Unfriend” hailed 2009’s Word of the Year

If this is not enough proof on the popularity of social networking sites, then I don’t know what is. J

The word “unfriend” was chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the word of the year. It is a verb that means “to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”

An example from the dictionary reads: “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

Senior Lexicographer of Oxfords U.S. dictionary program said the word was chosen because “unfriend” has both “currency and potential longevity”.

“In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal,” she said.

Previous words of the year include locavore (people who eat locally grown food) and hypermiling ( act of modifying cars and driving techniques to maximize petrol mileage).


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