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  • Xing To Give Up China And Make Way For LinkedIn In The US?

    Xing To Give Up China And Make Way For LinkedIn In The US?

    LinkedIn has bolstered its position as America’s leading business social network by the month lately, with Germany-based Xing as the only company regarding itself a worthy competitor in the last few years. But now those days seem to be over – in the US and China, at least. Today German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt published an interview [GER] with Xing CEO Stefan Groß-Selbeck… Read More

  • Changing Of The Guard: Jeff Weiner Takes CEO Spot At LinkedIn

    Changing Of The Guard: Jeff Weiner Takes CEO Spot At LinkedIn

    LinkedIn had a management shakeup last December – CEO Dan Nye stepped down. Founding CEO Reid Hoffman stepped in again and former Yahoo exec Jeff Weiner joined the company as President. The hiring of Weiner as President was clearly an interim move, and we predicted he’d move into the CEO role sometime this year: “The addition of Weiner is also quirky, and may explain the changes. Read More

  • Top CEOs Leave Social Media To The Plebs

    Top CEOs Leave Social Media To The Plebs

    It’s ‘official’; big shot CEOs are social media slackers. The hot news comes straight from ÜBERCEO, who says it conducted research on the topic for the past few weeks and has found that there’s little chance you’ll ever get to exchange pokes and tweets with Fortune 100 CEOs for the time being. Here’s the ‘miserable level of engagement’ ÜBERCEO… Read More

  • LinkedIn Turns Industry White Papers Into Ads

    LinkedIn Turns Industry White Papers Into Ads

    Industry white papers, in general, are dull reading—unless you need a piece of information in one of them to do your job. Then you’ll pay almost anything (i.e. expense it) to get your hands on the white paper you need. Sometimes companies produce white papers and give them away for free, but they have a hard time finding the professionals who might be interested in whatever… Read More

  • Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    A year ago we modeled out the true value of various social networks based on the idea that users in high-value online advertising markets like Japan, the UK and the U.S. were worth more (financially speaking) than those in lower value online advertising markets. Facebook had recently become the largest worldwide social network in terms of users, but based on our model MySpace was still by far… Read More

  • Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, And NYTimes.com With 32 Million Global Visitors

    Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, And NYTimes.com With 32 Million Global Visitors

    How quickly they grow. Remember when Twitter was just a little pipsqueek, with less than 10 million monthly unique visitors to its site worldwide? That was back in February, 2009. Fast-forward to April, and Twitter’s U.S. visitors alone reached 17 million. Now comScore has released its worldwide numbers and it estimates Twitter’s global unique visitors in April, 2009 was a… Read More

  • Social Profiling

    Social Profiling

    Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Yahoo and now Google. What do these have in common? If you’re reading this blog, you probably have a profile on all of them. And those are just the obvious ones, you probably have a bunch of other profiles on a series of other networks too. The situation has become untenable. Imagine if you wanted to update one piece of information on all of them — like… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman: My Rule of Three for Investing

    Reid Hoffman: My Rule of Three for Investing

    The guest post below was written by Reid Hoffman, CEO and Founder of LinkedIn. Reid, who’s been a prolific writer lately, is a strong advocate of entrepreneurism and the startup mentality. See his recent Washington Post article Let Our Start-Ups Bail Us Out, and the guest post he wrote here on TechCrunch, Stimulus 2.0: It’s The Startups, Stupid. Reid has recently appeared on… Read More

  • LinkedIn Finally Makes Groups More Useful

    LinkedIn Finally Makes Groups More Useful

    Managing Groups in LinkedIn so far didn’t require a whole lot of management, nor was it very useful to those who created them. While other social networking services have long incorporated ways for group administrators to communicate more efficiently with their members, LinkedIn for whatever obscure reason never even bothered to create a feature that allowed admins to e-mail group… Read More

  • uTest Bug Battle: Which Social Network Is The Buggiest?

    uTest Bug Battle: Which Social Network Is The Buggiest?

    uTest, a startup that allows companies to outsource their QA testing to ‘the cloud’ has just concluded its latest quarterly bug battle, during which it put some of the world’s largest social networks to the test. Hundreds of participants (many of which have been involved in product testing for over a year) did their best to uncover flaws across Facebook, MySpace, and… Read More

  • Angelsoft Lets Startups Find Funding Through New Investor Filtering Tool

    Angelsoft Lets Startups Find Funding Through New Investor Filtering Tool

    Angel and VC funding platform Angelsoft has launched an investor filtering tool, allowing entrepreneurs the ability to access detailed profiles on over 1,000 venture capital firms and angel investment groups in the U.S. Angelsoft allows startups to “push” their business ideas to over 400 angel investment groups and 15,949 investors across the world. The site formerly focused on… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman Tells Charlie Rose: "Every Individual Is Now An Entrepreneur."

    Reid Hoffman is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He worked at Paypal, founded LinkedIn, and invested in dozens more. Last night, he appeared on Charlie Rose, where he talks about the rise of social networking in general, and LinkedIn’s success in particular (it is adding one million professionals every 17 days and is emerging as a “low cost provider of really good hiring… Read More

  • Stimulus 2.0: It’s The Startups, Stupid.

    Stimulus 2.0: It’s The Startups, Stupid.

    Editor’s note: The guest post below was written by Reid Hoffman, CEO and Founder of LinkedIn. Reid has some strong opinions about how startups can help right the economy, and he offers some suggestions below. (You can also catch him tonight on Charlie Rose, or check out our interview we did with him at Davos). Reid is an investor in over 60 web ventures including Digg, Facebook… Read More

  • As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn's Popularity Grows

    As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn's Popularity Grows

    As layoffs continued to pound the economy in January, one beneficiary was job networking site LinkedIn. According to the latest January data from comScore, the LinkedIn’s U.S. unique visitors shot up 22 percent to 7.7 million, up from 6.3 million in December. Total minutes spent on the site doubled in January to 96.8 million, from 47.6 million in December. Part of what is driving all… Read More

  • Oops! LinkedIn Goes Down, Can't Get Up

    Oops! LinkedIn Goes Down, Can't Get Up

    LinkedIn may be profitable and growing fast, but something seems to be going very wrong with the business social networking service today. The service has been going up and down all day over here in Europe, and has now been displaying an ‘Oops’ page for the past 55 minutes (4:30 PM CET). Update: it’s back up, downtime lasted exactly one hour. Update 2: and it’s back… Read More

  • LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman: "We Can Go Public Any Time We Want To"

    Next up in my series of interviews recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week is Reid Hoffman, the founder and CEO of LinkedIn. I spoke to Reid for more than twenty minutes in the lobby of our hotel about a wide range of subjects, including LinkedIn’s product plans, fundraising activities and revenue. LinkedIn has raised over $100 million in financing –… Read More

  • WELCOM To The World’s Most Exclusive Social Network (Not Really, But Here Are Screenshots)

    WELCOM To The World’s Most Exclusive Social Network (Not Really, But Here Are Screenshots)

    The World Economic Forum in Davos is finally trying to make its mark in social media at this year’s conference. The organization is unveiling the beta version of its exclusive Facebook-style social networking site, called WELCOM, reserved for high-profile attendees of the World Economic Forum like Mark Zuckerberg, Vladimir Putin and Kofi Annan. The site, which was designed in… Read More

  • Lotus Notes Soon To Become Even More LinkedIn

    Lotus Notes Soon To Become Even More LinkedIn

    LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality. The plugin is making its debut to the public at Lotusphere, with plans for its release in the first half of 2009. For users who spend much of their day ‘living’ in their… Read More

  • Social Networking: Will Facebook Overtake MySpace In The U.S. In 2009?

    Social Networking: Will Facebook Overtake MySpace In The U.S. In 2009?

    Year end Comscore numbers for the U.S. audience are out. The first thing we checked? How the major social networks are doing. Facebook, which became the largest worldwide social network in mid 2008, is still playing catch up to MySpace in the U.S. They have 54.5 million monthly unique visitors, says Comscore, compared to nearly 76 million for MySpace. But Facebook’s growth rate in the U.S. Read More

  • LinkedIn Launches Streamlined People Search

    LinkedIn Launches Streamlined People Search

    LinkedIn has a launched a revamped version of its search engine that aims to streamline the business social network’s most oft-used features. Most of the new features revolve around people-search (not surprising given the network’s theme), and while there isn’t anything particularly exciting from the user’s perspective the changes make the engine significantly more… Read More