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LinkedIn's New Homepage

Dion has a post about LinkedIn's New Homepage. In addition to Dion's post, this seems to be a popular topic on Techmeme. I'm proud to say I played a small part in this project and enjoyed working with the fabulous "Homepage Team" that put this together. We celebrated the launch last week while I was out in Mountain View.

To learn more about LinkedIn's New Homepage and the News feature, see the LinkedIn Blog.

Back to Dion's post. He says:

The network connections portion shows me what is wrong with LinkedIn. On Facebook I can see interesting things that my friends have done. On LinkedIn, I see that a connection has added another 6 connections. Who cares?

I agree that Network Updates are kinda boring on LinkedIn. However, I don't find my Facebook News Feed very interesting either. Is your Facebook News Feed interesting? If so, why?

Facebook News Feed

Posted in The Web at Dec 10 2007, 11:16:02 AM MST 6 Comments

I thought this feed example was better:

Posted by Jesse Kuhnert on December 10, 2007 at 02:28 PM MST #

Is that the same Lauren Cooney? Just happened to glance at the name and saw someone from IBM that was familiar to me...

Posted by Dan on December 10, 2007 at 10:56 PM MST #

Dan - yes it appears to be the same Lauren.

Posted by Matt Raible on December 10, 2007 at 11:41 PM MST #

There is something interesting in this feed: apparently FB doesn't know what sex your friend Kristian is. Or maybe it does know but is unable to access that information when generating the statement "turned _them_ into a Vampire". Is it possible to register on FB with an undefined gender? I wouldn't know, I deactivated my account a long time ago because the updates are trivial noise, not interesting information.

Posted by Neil Bartlett on December 11, 2007 at 12:49 AM MST #

After you've been bitten by a werewolf and hit in the face with mashed potatoes, it's time to be loyal to one of these sites. I chose linkedIn. I had two facebook accounts and I ditched them both. After a while the nonsense is unbearable. Thanks linkedIn for keeping things sane. I didn't see anything about MySpace. I like a good joke but a 19 yr girlfriend from Oklahoma City, I don't need LOL. And, how'd she get my username?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 18, 2007 at 08:20 PM MST #

I disagree that Network Updates are "kinda boring" on LinkedIn. They are actually quite useful, because I can see who my connections are connecting to, and potentially find new people I might want to connect to. Once you have a few hundred connections, you're not going to want to wade through them all periodically to see if they've connected to someone new.

Posted by Joe A on January 02, 2008 at 12:07 PM MST #

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