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Jon Stewart Takes On LinkedIn

Wonders why so many members at recent town hall are unemployed

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Jon Stewart Takes On LinkedIn
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I’ll admit it, I’m not that active on LinkedIn. I came to the party late, and with my heart (and time) already invested in Facebook, Twitter and to a certain extent Google+, I just couldn’t really motivate myself to grow a real presence.

Apparently, neither has Jon Stewart.

LinkedIn, of course, is the social network for professionals. According to the company, they connect over 120 million professionals who “exchange information, ideas and opportunities.”

Jon Stewart thinks that it is a company whose sole purpose is spamming his inbox. On his nightly show “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” he discussed the merits of LinkedIn while covering the recent Obama / LinkedIn Town Hall.

Check out the clip below –

Although it’s totally unfair to point to four unemployed LinkedIn members and make an assumption about the usefulness of the social network itself, it’s still pretty funny. Plus, nobody said that comedy has to be fair to anyone.

Of course, everyone isn’t simply on LinkedIn to find a job. LinkedIn helps people re-connect with former co-workers and classmates and lets you make new business connections to help your professional career. Plus, its use as a social network allows users to get information and feedback from millions of industry professionals.

Like I said before, I’m not really a LinkedIn’er. What about you guys? Do any of Jon Stewart’s rips about the service have merit? How do you use LinkedIn? Let us know in the comments.

Jon Stewart Takes On LinkedIn
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  • John

    There’s no debate.Its called progress. I really can not see myself going back to email as a way to keep in touch with my business cohorts and I wouldn’t want facebook which is more family friend oriented to be a substitute.I love the fact that there is a venue for this specialty.
    I have visibility into the job market/field and offer some exposure to employers if the reach out to me as a possible employee candidate.

  • http://www.linkedaid.com Doug Taber

    I am certainly a proponent of both LI and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I did feel that Stewart gave the site a bad hand, especially since he doesn’t have all the facts. Such is the media, was funny as usual.

  • Matt

    I see it like this: LinkedIn is for all the people you’d send your “Holiday card” to at Christmas. The generic card that you just sign with your name and maybe a “great working with you this year” sentence. Facebook is for all the people you send an off-color birthday card, or an overly sentimental “just thinking of you” card, or the Christmas card that actually says something meaningful about Christmas, or heck, the one with pictures of your goofy family.

    You can have friends on LinkedIn, but having professional acquaintances on Facebook is just asking for trouble.

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