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Microsoft Buys LinkedIn

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.

    I’d pay half that to never get a “so and so wants to join your network” email ever again.

  2. SoundInTheSignals

    @Bake_Wear /

    I feel like LinkedIn is such a thing of the past. It might just be me. I 100% agree about those terrible e-mail notifications.
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  3. JamesMichael

    Software Engineer Prestigious

    Wow that's a lot of money for an ageing business.

    They really need to step up their game and redesign the platform.
  4. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    I didn't realize LinkdIn was worth that much. Also maybe it's just me or where I'm at in the industry but it seems like you won't be looked at unless you have a LinkedIn profile.
  5. Behind the Barricade

    The Facebook of job hunting. I never really understood LinkedIn. My job wants me to update my profile constantly but there's only so much I can put on there without looking like a douchebag.
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  6. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    Luckily my job doesn't care in specific but I definitely know people that put EVERY detail on there to make them seem WAY better than they tend to be so I know what you mean. Then again that's society in general these days.
  7. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    yeah i barely use linkedin. i have a lot of connections through it though. could come in handy later.
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  8. Brenden

    Trusted Prestigious

    My problem with LinkedIn is that it's slowly turned into another Facebook with people posting memes and complaining about politics. Ultimately it did turn into anything solid for my job hunt but I did get some solid opportunity while I used it.
  9. doubledribble


    It's actually not a thing of the past. It is very heavily used by recruiters and sourcers especially in the Big Four and at Tier 2 companies.

    LinkedIn has made some wrong turns in terms of all of the extracurriculars like memes floating around but it is absolutely a huge resource when looking for a group of candidates.
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  10. youll be fine

    Trusted Supporter

    I hate LinkedIn and I never want to use it. I feel like that puts me at such a disadvantage when it comes to searching for/getting a job. But I just can't sit there and write what I do for work without sounding like a tool/or half expecting a previous employer to be like "come onnnn you didn't really do all that for us or like you weren't really that valuable to us"
  11. Brenden

    Trusted Prestigious

    Mine is literally a regurgitation of my resume. So unless you do use that either I don't understand your issue.
  12. aranea

    Trusted Prestigious

    i removed linkedin because i felt uncomfortable, the job search doesn't recognize every area, i'd get a lot of weird email notifications, and it just felt invasive. i hope MS completely revamps and redesigns it because it is not appealing right now. it really could be way simpler.
  13. popdisaster00

    I'm usually deluded Moderator

    Haha, everyone lies/exaggerates though. Don't worry about it.
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  14. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    I feel pretty much the same way about LinkedIn. I did a fair bit of freelance writing this past year and it became obvious that in order to continue getting opportunities in that field, I needed a LinkedIn. I tried it, didn't really get it and decided I wasn't even sure if I wanted to continue in that field. I've thought about returning but I'm reluctant to set up a profile because of the same reason -- I feel like past employers who are far more active on LinkedIn than I are gonna scoff at my profile. Because of my unfamiliarity with the platform, I'm not sure how much that matters in terms of how my profile looks to potential employers.
  15. NationalPhenomenon Jun 14, 2016
    (Last edited: Jun 14, 2016)

    Regular Prestigious

    I'm a current LinkedIn employee and have a few thoughts on this deal. I'd go into more detail if I weren't on mobile. But as far as the email notifications go, there are a number of ways you can control those.

    As for the issue with memes and other Facebook-like content, since those are user-generated, the best thing you can do is report those posts and/or hide them or the members sharing that content.
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  16. ncarrab

    Prestigious Supporter

    I've been on LinkedIn for years but never use it. I'll update my profile maybe once or twice a year but I've never looked at the 'newsfeed' or whatever they call it. I'll connect with anyone who asks, just because you never know when it'll be beneficial. To be honest, I'm not really sure the point of LinkedIn, unless you're job searching, which I'm not often doing.

    A few years back, a recruiter found me on LinkedIn out of the blue and almost landed me a job at one of the biggest Law Firms in the country (in their Communications department). I had three interviews and then the law firm decided not to hire me because they really wanted to hire someone with Law Firm experience, which had they looked at my LinkedIn profile, they would have realized in 10 seconds that I didn't have any Law Firm experience.
  17. ncarrab

    Prestigious Supporter

    I don't get it, your job wants you to update your profile? Why, so others can recruit you away from your current job? If I were an employer and I saw my employees updating their LinkedIn profile, I'd be thinking 'oh shit, they're trying to get out of here.'
  18. Behind the Barricade

    They said it was for connections. I work at a law school and they feel that all of these lawyers are on LinkedIn and are wondering who to contact for a certain event. That's their reasoning as weird as that sounds.
  19. Brenden

    Trusted Prestigious

    I can understand a company wanton you're updated so when people look up what kind of experience someone working at that company has it shows.
  20. ARo24


    All I know is LinkedIn has some bad ass offices in Chicago and San Fran. Seems like a great company to work for.
  21. NationalPhenomenon

    Regular Prestigious

    @Jason Tate @SoundInTheSignals If you have LinkedIn accounts and want to stop receiving so many email invitations, you can designate who you wish to receive invitations from. I suggest adding any email addresses that you use regularly with people you know to avoid receiving unwanted invitations at those addresses, too.

    As for other email notifications, you can control those by following these tips.

    If you don't have LinkedIn accounts, you can write into LinkedIn's Help Center and ask to have your email address(es) be placed on the 'do not contact' list. This also works for any email addresses you'd prefer not to have associated with an existing LinkedIn account.
  22. I've turned them all off years ago. I still get them constantly.
  23. NationalPhenomenon

    Regular Prestigious

    @Jason Tate Hmm that sounds like an issue. I'd submit a ticket and have a rep take a closer look at what can be done.
  24. marceting


    I guess I'm the only one who loves LinkedIn here. Got my current job because of it and use it all the time for outreach to connections I haven't spoken with in a while.
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  25. youll be fine

    Trusted Supporter

    How'd you go about getting your current job through it. They reach out to you via LinkedIn, you apply using LinkedIn?