Barack Obama Joins LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site that allows you to do many of the standard social networking things such as send messages, connect with your friends, and create profiles, but instead of listing the bands you like and fending off requests from porn bots and jail bait, you are asked to fill in your education and past employment information. It's essentially an online resume service with the added bonus that former and current employers can endorse you.
Interestingly, you can't even upload a picture or tweak with the overall format of your page, but that's not what LinkedIn is about, anyway. It's really about networking on a professional level. The site has been around for a couple of years, but for some reason it's taking off lately -- we're getting about four or five requests to link with business acquaintances every day.
If his MySpace and Facebook friends lists are any indication, Obama seems to already have a lock on the young and Web-connected crowd. But now he seems to be selling himself to an older and more established professional crowd -- after all, the average age of users on LinkedIn is 29, which is slightly older than the average Edwards or Clinton fan.
As of this post, Obama only had a couple hundred contacts on his LinkedIn profile, which is a relatively barebones resume of his work history and goals for the presidency, but we imagine it'll grow with time, if LinkedIn's current popularity is any sign.
From Tech Digest