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LinkedIn is similar to other social networking sites like Twitter or
Facebook, with a more business-oriented approach. For individuals, it is
a place where they can develop a list of business contacts and get
trusted recommendations from within their social circle. For companies,
it is a way to reach potential new hires, connect with their customers,
and evaluate what industry peers are doing. Compared to social
networking sites that place an emphasis on building new friendships,
LinkedIn has fewer opportunities for posting photos or completing
quizzes and trivia contests, but it allows users to post status updates,
share news articles, and join groups with an emphasis on finding a way
to solve professional problems and find business solutions.
The LinkedIn network puts users in touch with friends of friends by rating other accounts within a social network by "degrees," showing who is a direct contact with a user (the user's immediate network) and who is unknown to the user but connected to the user's contacts (the user's extended network). This allows individuals to ask their direct contacts for introductions to people in their extended network for an insider's perspective on companies or industries that they are interested in.
LinkedIn is also useful to employers and job seekers through its referrals and recommendations. Individuals are allowed to write personal recommendations for their peers that are then shown on the recommended user's profile page. Businesses can see if any of their employees or other business contacts have had previous dealings with an individual, which may help them to make hiring decisions. Individuals can also look at businesses to see if they know anyone who works there that they can contact for further information about the company or available job openings.
Another aspect of the LinkedIn website is its question section, where users can find answers or establish credibility by seeking help for problems they are experiencing or helping others by sharing their expertise. This is most useful for individuals in need of assistance with specific issues, but it is also used as a social media tool for experts looking to raise their profile by answering questions related to their industry. LinkedIn allows people to organize their social contacts in a business context, giving them opportunities for increased interaction with an eye on strengthening their professional standing. Although the site has some aspects that are more social, the workplace is its primary focus.