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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
LinkedIn switches focus to kids
have announced that they are reducing the age limit for membership from
18 to 13. I have to say that disturbed would be an underestimation of
it seems rather absurd, especially at a time when the safety of young
people online is at the centre of public debate. Personally, I find it
weird that LinkedIn finds it acceptable to allow teenagers or
screenagers (if you want to be hip) to connect and network with adults
they don’t know. I see bad times ahead!
argument for offering the service feels wishy-washy. It will help young
people to research their career options and job prospects. Really? What
self-respecting 13 year old is on the hunt for work? At that age, I was
still sharing Pogs in the playground or at the roller disco. Ah, to be
young again. Seriously though, the future hadn’t even entered my mind.
While the concerns might be about what smartphone is fashionable, I would say that the same applies to young people today.
also said that young people will be able to create an online persona
that looks towards higher education and work rather than the standard
social networks, but will this be any different from the idealised CVs
employers see from school leavers?
with the planned changes LinkedIn says they’ll stay true to their
professional networking roots. I can’t see how though. Will there be a
LinkedIn boycott by business people who use it for the purpose for which
it was made? They will surely find the under 18s brigade a nuisance
rather than an asset. Also, who is going to be comfortable with
connecting with an under 18 for fear of being branded a predator?
this really about opportunities for kids or is LinkedIn after a slice
of online advertising spend? Last year Facebook’s ad revenue reached $5
Anyway rant over. Don’t look me up on LinkedIn chances are you won’t find me.