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Jeff Pulver dumps LinkedIn for Facebook

Jeff Pulver (the VoIP guy) has had enough of LinkedIn and is switching all his social networking efforts to Facebook. I’ve never thought much of LinkedIn (sorry, Des!) and I’m more and more impressed with Facebook, so it’s got me thinking…

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  1. Richard Farmdale
    Posted 12 years, 1 month ago // Permalink

    I think Jeff is either retarded or being paid. I keep reading a few higher profile bloggers write about how linkedin is no longer cool and how facebook is the new amazing place for business professionals and working people. I spent time looking at and critically examining facebook, their offer and the users who congregate there. I browsed about 70 profiles on facebook. Every single profile was of a 18-25 year old doing Jello shots of some chicks abs. I didn’t see a single professional profile or a person over 25ish. OK so no professionals here…why is this useful for professionals then? Then I looked at the applications and widgets available on facebook and all of them were for entertainment purposes (music, movies, jokes)…nothing for professionals so why is this useful for professionals?? I went to groups and saw more college age kids hooking up and socializing…no business or networking groups. I didn’t see any business or industry news or information and I could not find a way to be introduced to professionals in specific industries. PEOPLE – Either I have completely missed something or facebook is offering bloggers access to their IPO to pump up the site.

    What do you think is more likely? That an application built for college kids is more useful then other applications built for professionals or that there is a pump and dump scenario brewing?

  2. Alister Cameron
    Posted 12 years, 1 month ago // Permalink

    @Richard Farmdale – I really really think you’ve hit the nail on the head here. I guess I *assumed* Jeff was seeing something I wasn’t. My assumption was that as college kids get out of college, into the workforce, they stay with Facebook because it’s their “network”. I also assumed that behind all the “toy” apps there were real ones too… like the StumbleUpon app (not serious, but you get my point – not a game either).

    I find LinkedIn soooo slow to do anything interesting. It’s not like you can feel like you’re having a community experience there! To me it’s PURELY for connecting to someone else, and the sooner you can take the conversation offline the better, since LinkedIn is useless for developing/cultivating a relationship. It’s really (to me) a glorified classifieds board with some pins and string connecting the classifieds ads together so you can see the connections between people. So big deal?

    What Facebook has going for it, is that it’s developing into a mashup of social apps that may have started as college kids, but is moving towards something much bigger.

    Now I may be proven wrong in time, but that’s what I’m hoping for. For sure I’ve given up on Bebo, Hi5, MySpace, Xanga, etc.



  3. Posted 12 years, 1 month ago // Permalink

    Hi again!

    I have profiles on both Linked in and Facebook.

    Both have merits, but I find the difference is Facebook is more of a young 20 somethings less emo version of myspace, and Linked in is for the professionals who want to network within their peer group/industries. I wouldn’t have dumped LinkedIn at all.

  4. Posted 11 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    The real benefit of Facebook, OpenSocial and the rest of the open social media API network is not in the toys available, but in the ability to educate the twentysomething and below market to the value and credibility of a brand to them when they are out of school and university.

    Let them know they can trust a brand early, and they may return as a paying customer later. This is a marketers and ethnographer’s wet dream. By personalisation and collaboration through networks, user become ‘owners’ in the product or service.

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  1. and to fill in the functionality gaps. And now is the time to think about what YOUR Facebook strategy is or is going to be. — Just wanted to acknowledge the following people who are also taking part in this ongoing discussion in their blogs: Alister Cameron, Jack D. Lail ,Justin Thorp, Boston Bala, Doug Haslam, Seth Goldstein, Sam Sethi, David Daniels , Arron F, Robert Scoble, farrell kramer , Josh Morgan, Howard Lindzon (thanks by the way for the coffee in Toronto yesterday.),

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