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LinkedIn have just launched a Chinese language version of their professional network. In an attempt to tap into the 618 million strong online community and expand upon the 4 million users the English language version attracted, LinkedIn are now navigating the country’s notoriously strict online censorship regime and in doing so have had to make a few changes to their platform.
The most noticeable difference is the inability to partake in group discussions. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, promised “government restrictions on content will be implemented only when and to the extent required” and that while “LinkedIn strongly supports freedom of expression and fundamentally disagrees with government censorship. At the same time, we also believe that LinkedIn’s absence in China would deny Chinese professionals a means to connect with others on our global platform”.
Monster acquire TalentBin and Gozaik in the same week
Last Monday, Monster Worldwide announced their acquisition of TalentBin, the social profile aggregator we’ve mentioned in a number of our webinars, and of Gozaik, the Boston based Twitter job aggregator.
“The acquisition of TalentBin and Gozaik completes one key component of a larger strategy designed to help our business grow,” said Sal Iannuzzi, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Monster Worldwide. “We look forward to sharing more details about these plans at our investor briefing event later this year.” We can’t wait to see what Monster do with all these new capabilities, stay posted to find out more.
LinkedIn introduce the ability to block other members
In response to a number of member requests, LinkedIn is introduced the option to block other users. The option is available to all LinkedIn members and an instructions on how to do so are provided on the Safety Center area of the LinkedIn website which can be found here.
LinkedIn have also blocked yet another Private Profile Viewing trick. For more information and our new solution, sign up for our Black Belt in Internet Recruitment online training course here.
Workday buys Identified and plans to integrate it’s “SYMAN” technology
Workday have acquired HR predictive analytics company, Identified. In an official statement regrading the purchase, Workday’s PR representative said the company’s “product development team is expected to enhance search capabilities and accelerate the delivery of predictive analytics and machine learning throughout Workday’s suite of applications.” The company plan to do this using Identified’s patent-pending artificial intelligence technology known as “SYMAN”. SYMAN organises the masses of disparate, incoherent professional data that resides in social media profiles and uses it to identify new insights into the job market.
Check out SourceCon.qa
We know we mentioned this brand new question and answer forum last week, but we’ve had a chance to play around with it over the last week and we’ve fallen in love! sourcecon.qa really is StackOverFlow for recruiters. If you have a question about sourcing, or you want to know anything about the world of recruitment this is the forum for you. An absolutely fantastic resource that’s been made available to us by the guys at SourceCon. Thanks fellas