BUSINESS NEWS DAILY - Feb 26 - LinkedIn has recently launched a new small business microsite that is designed to help small companies with everything from personal branding and marketing to sales and hiring.
TECH CRUNCH - Feb 26 - LinkedIn is becoming a mobile company. The proportion of unique users coming to LinkedIn on mobile is now approaching a majority — with 41% now coming via mobile, up from 38% last October.
MASHABLE - Feb 25 - LinkedIn rolled out a Chinese language version of its professional network. LinkedIn already had an English version of the site available in China with ~4M users. The company hopes to ultimately connect ~140M Chinese professionals; that's roughly half of its current worldwide user base of 277M. As part of the deal, LinkedIn partnered with venture-capital firms Sequoia China Capital and China Broadband Capital. Both firms contributed $5M cash for an ownership stake in the venture.
CNET NEWS - Feb 21 - To block a member, users select the "Block or report" option from the drop-down menu next to the "Connect" and "Send InMail" buttons. It will disallow both parties to see each other's profile, and if they're connected, that connection automatically breaks.
REUTERS - Feb 19 - LinkedIn is encouraging all members to generate a steady stream of shareable articles on its "Influencer program," a blogging platform previously available only to businesspeople who were invited to contribute. LinkedIn has viewed the transition toward a more lively, Facebook-esque offering as a way to pull in more users on a regular basis and more advertising revenue.
THE MOTLEY FOOL - Feb 16 - Most large companies are facing the reality of reaching the growth limits for new users. They must figure out ways to tap deeper into existing users. Twitter has been under pressure because some believe its growth is slowing down. This suggests concerns over how it will generate earnings going forward. LinkedIn continues to grow nicely, with membership jumping up 37% YOY to 277M as of Q4. Facebook is trying new things to grow. It wants to move users away from predominately interacting with family and friends, to a broader interest in public figures and what they are doing and saying. That means introducing sporting events and TV shows into news feeds.
TECH CRUNCH - Feb 7 - LinkedIn is acquiring data-savvy job search startup, Bright.com, for $120M. The deal, which was 70% stock and 30% cash, will be completed during the Q1 of this year. Access to the startup’s job search products will continue until February 28th, at which point it LinkedIn will pull the plug. LinkedIn has been picking off startups that will either help expand its growing professional content network or its talent solutions products.
FINANCIAL TIMES - Feb 3 - LinkedIn, unlike Facebook, Twitter and Google, is not banned in China. Despite not offering a complete Chinese version of its desktop site, LinkedIn has ~4M users in China. Globally, it has 260M members, 54M of whom are in Asia. Its membership growth rate in the US is starting to slow. "They need new markets to keep the whole thing going," said Michael Graham, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity. China could be that market. One potential way would be a desktop site in Chinese. Currently, its Chinese-language functionality is limited to its mobile app.
MARKETWATCH - Jan 16 - LinkedIn may soon be coming to China. Derek Shen, the founder and former CEO of China’s Groupon-like service Nuomi.com, is the new VP of LinkedIn China. LinkedIn currently has ~4M members in China despite having no Chinese website.
HUFFINGTON POST - Dec 4 - 2M passwords for Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google have been stolen and posted online. A criminal gang may be behind the security breach. All of the compromised passwords have been put into Facebook's password reset process.
MASHABLE - Dec 4 - Half of Twitter's unique visitors in October were under 35 years old. By contrast, two-thirds of LinkedIn's unique visitors were older than 35. After the age of 44, Facebook usage starts to outpace Twitter usage.
SEEKINGALPHA - Nov 5 - Currently LinkedIn trades for 20 times its revenues and ~730 times its earnings, which indicates that the investors see LinkedIn growing its revenues by ~18-20 times and its earnings by ~73 times sometime in the future. The company is already seeing slowing in its revenue and earnings growth. LinkedIn now has 259M members and it adds ~2 new members every second. LinkedIn was able to grow its quarter-to-quarter membership by 8.11% compared to 9% in the last 10 quarters.
TECH CRUNCH - Oct 30 - Revenue is $393M, up 56% YOY. LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions group had revenue of $224.7M, up 62% YOY, its Marketing Solution had $88.5M in revenue, up 38% YOY. Premium Subscriptions totaled $79.8M, up 61% YOY.
CNET NEWS - Oct 16 - LinkedIn releases two new apps aimed at recruiters and employers. Mobile Work With Us lets employers stick job openings at the top of employees' profiles, and Recruiter Mobile is designed to help recruiters interact more easily with job seekers.
EXAMINER - Oct 14 - A new infographic by Digital Insights provided a snapshot of the most predominant trends in social networking. Facebook has managed to stay ahead of its competition, followed by Twitter and Google +. Instagram has posted impressive user growth and activity.
TECH CRUNCH - Sep 23 - LinkedIn’s Sponsored Jobs listings are getting increased visibility. Before, they were only available in the “Jobs You May Be Interested In” module on the homepage, and in emails sent out to subscribers. The Sponsored Jobs offering are allowing employers to target candidates through paid postings.