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Intranet usage is below 20%, as opposed to social networks at 60% says 2018 #survey on Employee Adoption of Collaboration Tools @Altimeter #intranet #digitalTransformation

Intranet usage is below 20%, as opposed to social networks at 60% says 2018 #survey on Employee Adoption of Collaboration Tools @Altimeter #intranet #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Enterprises use many collaboration tools, from intranets to project management platforms. We surveyed 2000 employees to understand how they use these tools.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital transformation in enterprise remains slow to catch on and this survey result shows that Intranet solutions remain under utilized. Having seen many of them, I can understand why: lots of useless, and out of date documents, no one really in charge of maintenance, no search or bad search engines, etc. Key learning from this chart:

- if you update your intranet, build something simple and make sure people use it

- have a corporate social network, it is useful and people use it

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The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try and How to Use Them #socialMedia

The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try and How to Use Them #socialMedia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Top 20 new social media tools to try in 2018, including their prices, a quick walkthrough, and a review.

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WHY IT MATTERS: say what you will, technology is often the driver of change. Always good to keep track of what's out there and what's possible because who knows, one of these may be useful... ;-)

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Twitter to All Users: Change Your Password Now! — Krebs on Security

Twitter to All Users: Change Your Password Now! — Krebs on Security | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Twitter just asked all 300+ million users to reset their passwords, citing the exposure of user passwords via a bug that stored passwords in plain text — without protecting them with any sort of encryption technology that would mask a Twitter user’s true password. The social media giant says it has fixed the bug and that so far its investigation hasn’t turned up any signs of a breach or that anyone misused the information. But if you have a Twitter account, please change your account password now.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: if you have a twitter account, change your password now. And at the same time review all the apps you have granted access to in twitter and revoke all the access except for those you absolutely need. Just in case...

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Video on How Instagram Is Blocking Trolls Using AI shows why it is so different than other social media platforms via @WIRED

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WHY IT MATTERS: we've seen with recent Facebook meltdown how social media can become a free for all. This 15min video tries to explain what instagram is doing to prevent some of the most annoying elements of un controlled networks: trolls.

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How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from Sarasota,” and they say, “Oh, I have a grandparent in Sarasota,” and they tell you where they live and their name, and you may or may not recognize them.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I introduced the concept of a "digital twin" in a recent blog post and this article describes how Facebook uses what you do online to create part of this digital twin profile you may not be ware of.

Also read the digital twin post: http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/ 

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How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

An email from Aleksandr Kogan sheds light on exactly how much your Facebook data reveals about you, and what data scientists can actually do with that information. The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this well researched article with many links will provide hours of content to help you understand the Facebook breach. The data may surprise you both by the high accuracy that some predictive models have, and by the relatively low accuracy of other elements.

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Photographer Proves End of Privacy Is Here Through Photos That Will Blow Your Mind - only In Russia and China For Now

Photographer Proves End of Privacy Is Here Through Photos That Will Blow Your Mind - only In Russia and China For Now | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Google knows what you're looking for. Facebook knows what you like. The CIA knows how to use your TV/Smartphone to spy on you. Still think you have privacy?

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WHY IT MATTERS: facial recognition + social networks allow tools like this one to surface: take a picture of someone on the train and find their personal pictures on social networks. For now, only Russia and China allow this, I would expect this to be a business killer app for augmented reality glasses: the glass continuously takes pictures and overlays the LinkedIn profile of people you meet in business context. I would install that without thinking about it twice!

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[INFOGRAPHIE] Guide des formats optimaux sur les réseaux sociaux : édition 2018 #Facebook #LinkedIn #twitter #instagram #blogging @adviso

[INFOGRAPHIE] Guide des formats optimaux sur les réseaux sociaux : édition 2018 #Facebook #LinkedIn #twitter #instagram #blogging @adviso | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Maximisez vos efforts sur les réseaux sociaux en suivant les conseils retrouvés dans notre infographie sur les formats optimaux en 2018 !

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WHY IT MATTERS: social media has become essential for digital and it has become an expertise to format posts and interactions to get success on the most important social networks. Friends at Adviso have prepared this handy list - in french!

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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts #fakeNews #trolls #me.com

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts #fakeNews #trolls #me.com | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Federal and state authorities are investigating the sellers of artificial followers and other fraudulent social media engagement.


Via Jessica Kelly
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: we must remain more careful than ever regarding the explosion of "fake" social media. This article - along with another referenced in there - provides a glimpse at how huge the world of "fake" is on the Internet: fake news, fake accounts, fake reviews, etc. It raises serious questions about anonymity vs. "verified" and personally identifiable content/accounts - and the potential loss of privacy. Maybe blockchain will provide a solution to guarantee traceability to real individuals while retaining privacy? In any case, something has to happen otherwise the web and social media will soon become nothing but a polluted dump site of fake content....

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I'll admit, I'm enjoying this. I have never bought a follower, and I haven't lost any fake/bot followers this week. I use Twitter as a place for authentic communication and info-sharing, not self-aggrandizement or one-way broadcast. I have never followed someone unless I read their profile first, and as my account pushes close to 10K followers, I often recognize follower handles and pictures b/c I've read the bios. I make $0 for using my Twitter account, and while I sometimes think of quitting social, it's never b/c my account is just a front. I wonder if there's any hope that this purge--if it is a purge--will make Twitter feel even a tiny bit like it did in earlier days. We can hope, right?
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FINALLY something that helps improve #privacy on social networks: Facebook will use facial recognition to tell you when people upload your picture

FINALLY something that helps improve #privacy on social networks: Facebook will use facial recognition to tell you when people upload your picture | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If anyone uploads a profile picture that includes your face, Facebook will alert you of that, too. “We’re doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook,” the company wrote on its blog Tuesday.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: anyone can post anything on Facebook or elsewhere on the net. Having a tool that spots your face on pictures to warn you may be the ultimate privacy-notification to come out of Facebook. I hope that other holders of large databases of pictures - especially Apple and Google because of their mobile phones - would do the same.

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Twitter can tell which states love jogging & which are eating hot dogs 

Twitter can tell which states love jogging & which are eating hot dogs  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

With the explosive growth of online activity and social media around the world, the massive amount of real-time data created directly by populations of interest has become an increasingly attractive and fruitful source for analysis. Despite the limitation that social media users in the United States are not a random sample of the US population [7], there is a wealth of information in these data sets and uneven sampling can often be accommodated.

Indeed, online activity is now considered by many to be a promising data source for detecting health conditions [8, 9] and gathering public health information [10, 11], and within the last decade, researchers have constructed a range of public-health instruments with varying degrees of success.

Fine-tuning these algorithms is key to improving large-scale analysis of social media, whether the goal is to measure the caloric content of a tweet or to find the next developing news story. These technologies represent new ways of finding and understanding the conversations we're having as a country -- chatter that is increasingly moving online.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

More insights on wellness and fitness from social media and big data. Here what is important to note is how we can extract knowledge from information that people share on social media. With more and more wearable devices and internet connected devices like refrigerators, cooktops, and water bottles, it is clear that more and more insight will be gathered from our digital exhaust.

 

More insights:

- more on the digital twin and digital exhaust: fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin 

- the website with all the data: panometer.org/instruments/lexicocalorimeter 

- twitter can also help predict happiness: hedonometer.org/index.html 

- the research paper: arxiv.org/pdf/1507.05098.pdf 

- lapresse+ article (in french): plus.lapresse.ca/screens/d09ef280-9b06-4fe5-935c-4155336ef100%7C_0.html 

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Mitigating the Risks of Social Login via @hbr

Mitigating the Risks of Social Login via @hbr | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

These third party login tools promise more traffic, more subscribers, more members, more customers and more sales — and those promises have come true: as some have noted, up to 80% of web users choose Facebook Connect or another social authentication option when it’s available (as opposed to signing up for a site with their email address), and Facebook itself has claimed that social authentication increases registration by 30-200%. (...) But is that promise worth the price of losing direct access to your customers’ contact information and profiling information — or for that matter, direct access to customers themselves?

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Social logins are very useful but they carry security and privacy concerns that every company must examine as they move to digitalize everything. In "Kill the password" (fmcs.digital/blog/kill-the-password-a-string-of-characters-wont-protect-you/), the author shows the impact of having multiple websites and applications connected with one another. This is a security concern that must be addressed, mitigated or at the very least highlighted so that everyone involved is aware of the risks and the benefits.

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Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic 

Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We are just starting to scratch the surface of what we can learn when we analyze the personal data from social media. When everything is connected with Internet of things products and when we measure everything we do using wearables and quantified-self technologies, the insights will be even greater. Companies should prepare to analyze this massive data rush and us all should start to think about our information privacy more carefully...

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Power of #socialGraph: How Facebook Tells Your Friends You're Safe in a Disaster in Under 5min via @HighScal 

Power of #socialGraph: How Facebook Tells Your Friends You're Safe in a Disaster in Under 5min via @HighScal  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Only Facebook could create Safety Check, not because of resources as you might expect, but because Facebooks lets employees build crazy things like Safety Check and because only Facebook has 1.5 billion geographically distributed users, with a degree of separation between them of only 4.74 edges, and only Facebook has users who are fanatical about reading their news feeds. A small team couldn’t build a big pipeline and index, so they wrote some hacky PHP and effectively got the job done at scale.

This paper details how Facebook build Safety Check

Farid Mheir's insight:

Essential read on this new technology from Facebook that was made possible because of the social graph that Facebook builds. Impressive if only because the solution was easy to build.

 

Also read the companion article for a high-level description rather than this detailed one: http://highscalability.com/blog/2015/11/14/how-facebooks-safety-check-works.html

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INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It

INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Just about anyone who's online is in some way interacting with a Google product. Here's how Google tracks you -- and what you can do about it.

Via Peter Azzopardi
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A good overview.

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Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment 

Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Generation Z (Gen Z), born after 2000, is the first generation not to have known life without technologies and services such as smartphones, iPads, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Exposure to these technologies and services has influenced this demographic’s broader expectations and behaviors.

We have identified three defining attributes of Gen Zers:

  • Gen Zers tend to attach great importance to personal appearance, in large part because they are the first generation to grow up “in public” online, i.e., documenting their lives on social media.
  • The pressures presented by social media are encouraging Gen Zers to spend on leisure services, such as vacations, dining out and going out. This is what we call “the Instagram effect.”
  • The on-demand economy, ranging from video-on-demand services such as Netflix to dine-on-demand apps such as UberEATS, is making Gen Z the most demanding, least patient generation ever.

US consumers spent $829.5 billion on Gen Zers in 2015, we estimate. Around $66 billion of that total was spent on discretionary categories, while most of it was spent on essential or semi discretionary categories such as housing, food, clothing and transportation.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 16, 2017 9:17 AM

Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

Jeremy McGIlvrey's comment, January 17, 2017 5:34 AM
Nice article https://jeremymcgilvreysite.wordpress.com/
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Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment 

Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Generation Z (Gen Z), born after 2000, is the first generation not to have known life without technologies and services such as smartphones, iPads, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Exposure to these technologies and services has influenced this demographic’s broader expectations and behaviors.

We have identified three defining attributes of Gen Zers:

  • Gen Zers tend to attach great importance to personal appearance, in large part because they are the first generation to grow up “in public” online, i.e., documenting their lives on social media.
  • The pressures presented by social media are encouraging Gen Zers to spend on leisure services, such as vacations, dining out and going out. This is what we call “the Instagram effect.”
  • The on-demand economy, ranging from video-on-demand services such as Netflix to dine-on-demand apps such as UberEATS, is making Gen Z the most demanding, least patient generation ever.

US consumers spent $829.5 billion on Gen Zers in 2015, we estimate. Around $66 billion of that total was spent on discretionary categories, while most of it was spent on essential or semi discretionary categories such as housing, food, clothing and transportation.

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Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 15, 2017 6:09 PM

Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

Jeremy McGIlvrey's comment, January 17, 2017 5:34 AM
Nice article https://jeremymcgilvreysite.wordpress.com/
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Look back at Verge stories from 2016 that changed our world | The Verge: 2016 Yearbook

Look back at Verge stories from 2016 that changed our world | The Verge: 2016 Yearbook | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
People hated 2016 so much that the year itself became a punchline. But for every grim reminder that things are amiss, we saw people fight for a better future.
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The best of the Verge, very interesting papers on digital topics including machine learning, ecommerce, social media, self-driving cars, batteries, and many more.

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The State of Technology at the End of 2016 via @stratechery @gnat 

The State of Technology at the End of 2016 via @stratechery @gnat  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
This transformation echoes the impact of Facebook on the media: there is a dramatic leveling of the playing field. The advantages of scale that guaranteed success in the post-war era just don’t matter very much when advertising is cheap, shelf space is infinite, and shipping is free. And, just as Facebook’s breakdown of the media broke down the political parties, Amazon’s break-down of physical retail will have its own knock-on effects: carrying household supplies is a major reason to own a car, for example, which means Amazon is a laying the foundation for a service like Uber to shift from being a car supplement to a full-on substitution.
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A discussion on the impact that technology innovation has had on the election of Trump and more disruption to come from Amazon. 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The author presents compelling arguments about reasons why technology innovation has had such an impact and forces us to rethink most business models. Moreover the analysis of Trump's election as evidence that the power has shifted from editors and political parties to voters and end users is just brilliant and I will certainly use it in the future!

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Facebook DID influence the #Elections via @Mike_K_Spencer

Facebook DID influence the #Elections via @Mike_K_Spencer | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

It's hard to imagine, just twelve years ago, that the media would have been reduced to Facebook, degenerated into what we have today.

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An interesting overview of the impact that social media, Facebook in particular may have had in the elections. Not sure if that is the case but for sure the world of media has evolved tremendously.

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The foundations of Data Science: example of new book publishing using GitBook

The foundations of Data Science: example of new book publishing using GitBook | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The Foundations of Data Science
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I found this book reference on GitBook. It is the textbook for the class at UC Berkeley and provides not only great content for anyone interested in Data Science (visualization, prediction, etc.) but also for anyone interested in self publication. 

 

GitBook is similar to GitHub, the open source software code repository that pretty much everyone in the industry is using. It provides not only the technology to create and publish a book online or as an ebook but also the social network and collaboration features you'd expect in today's world. Book content can be consolidated from multiple authors, versioned and commented by a network of colleagues or clients.

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I quick intro to Snapchat... so you can understand what your kids are raving about

I quick intro to Snapchat... so you can understand what your kids are raving about | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
I basically treated my Snapchat story like a personal photo and video journal, except it'd disappear after 24 hours so it wasn't a big deal if only a few people saw it. Even though my Snapchat is public, then, it's really only public to the people who happen to see it. It's a weird little conceit, but that makes me more willing to be my authentic self. I can be more experimental in how I portray myself. I can be a little more off the cuff. I can try out dumb jokes without fearing that people will laugh at me instead of with me. It's like performance theater.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Take time on this mother's day to read this and install snapchat. You'll be able to discuss it with your teenager over lunch or dinner to understand why they are all using this tool over Facebook, and twitter, and other social networks. In a nutshell: because what you post is there for 24 hours, you are allowed to make mistakes. Exactly what teenagers experimenting with life is all about.

 

Should we have a snapchat for business? Would that make your colleagues use your internal company social network?

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Richer Fortin's curator insight, May 12, 2016 9:10 AM
ok thanks Farid, now I get it ^^
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How to Build a Social Media Calendar

How to Build a Social Media Calendar | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A solid social media calendar tells you what’s coming up, which events are important, and what to expect from past months and years. These pieces of information ensure that when unexpected circumstances pop up, you’re never unprepared.

Download the guide to discover:

  • A step-by-step process for planning your calendar
  • How to research external events to include in your calendar
  • A sample 2016 social media calendar
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As the year gets started, here's a guide to help you create a social media sharing calendar.

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The 2015 Instagram Industry Report

The 2015 Instagram Industry Report | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Instagram has become a visual storytelling platform for marketers that offers both flexibility and function like we've never seen before. In our latest study, we analyzed how the world's top brands are using the network, revealing tactics that marketing organizations of any size, with any budget, can learn from.


Download the report to learn:

  • How top brands create visually compelling photos and videos to engage their audience
  • Which emojis and hashtags generate the most engagement
  • How to integrate Instagram marketing with your other channels


Farid Mheir's insight:

This report presents many cas studies of corporations that use instagram for business purpose. Very useful for those that have yet to make the leap or that have not yet found their instagram sweet spot.

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When LinkedIn = Tinder- digital cruising

When LinkedIn = Tinder- digital cruising | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
On va parler des vraies affaires, m'a prévenu Jean-Michel* dès la première ligne de son courriel. On va parler de la cruise à l'ère du numérique...
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(in french)

A recent article in LaPresse+ has raised an important question: is LinkedIn being used like Tinder to digitally "cruise". It brought me back to this paper last year that described very graphically how social networks and dating sites are used to find mates.


http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/1a2070bf-9712-4dc2-acd7-6f0b3f49b3f0%7C_0.html


In a world where more and more of our lives are transferred in the virtual space, it is interesting to see how even "professional" networks like LinkedIn are being used for other purposes. I had also noticed recently a very high proportion of "invites" that come from people that have little interest in a professional relationship. If that trend continues, it may mark the end of LinkedIn. I assume they will take corrective actions to ensure it remains the professional network we all have come to rely on.

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