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Thursday, August 16, 2007

LinkedIn vs. Facebook == Vertical vs. Horizontal

There has been a lot of commotion about the newly released Facebook APIs and why it will be replacing linkedin (just google and you would notice many prominent bloggers etc. talk about it).

So of course, I tried it. I use Linkedin a lot.

Recently, I read a specific post by Jeff Pulver saying he is abandoning LinkedIn to go with Facebook.

Naturally, the decision to switch is subjective, but as far as my personal opinion goes, I don't see them as overlapping. Here are a few reasons why:

(Note: all of this is related to using Facebook as a 'BUSINESS networking tool')

  1. Horizontal vs. Vertical: LinkedIn is a 'vertical' tool. It is meant for networking of business professionals for buisness needs. Facebook seems to be a 'horizontal' tool - it allows business networking as well as networking for non-business needs, like say, going for movies, planning a party and what-not.

  2. East is East and West is West: My business life and profile is different from my personal life and profile. I'd love for my buddy to see my mood as 'What the heck is wrong with the world today', but don't see any reason why the same mood needs to be 'exported' to my connected business colleagues

  3. Credibility of network: It seems everyone joins Facebook. Be it a college dude, a stay at home mom or a seasoned professional. By nature, due to the marketing of LinkedIn, it seems to me that mostly business professionals join. Now ask yourselves this "How many invites do you actually reject ?" If the answer is none or close to none, well, then if you want to use Facebook for business referrals, why would you go for a horizontal tool ?

  4. Lack of features a good thing: I am a strong believer that specific relevant features are better than a potpourri of irrelevant features mixed with relevant ones. LinkedIn offers targetted, easy to understand business networking features, such as their Q&A, In Mail, Reccomendation system etc. Facebook, on the other hand has hundreds (thousands?) of plugin applications made by developers, and honestly, I have no idea how one will react till I actually use it. Again, honestly, for business networking you need simplicity and clarity of representation

  5. Clean and relevant interface: Finally, I find the facebook layout to be terribly confusing and dosed with over-information. For example, from a business networking perspective, do I really care to see "Mr. Foo Foo is currently at work" or "Mr. Foo Shoo just added the OhIluvIt application" ?

So net-net, I just don't get why people think facebook will replace LinkedIn as a 'BUSINESS' networking tool. As a 'social' networking tool, sure, I get it.

FaceBook = Linked In (parts) + orkut (parts) + whole bunch of customizable apps

As facebook's website says "Facebook is a SOCIAL utility that connects you with people around you"

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Presenting the most powerful framework for conceptualizing your company.

Credit: here
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Click on the central 'shuffle' button for 'innovation'.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

When have you just about had enough with the 'Always on' Blackberry?

When do you know you have had enough of ‘always connected Blackberry’ ?

  • When your blinking of the eye matches the rate of the red LED blinking of your Blackberry

  • When you wake up at 2AM to drink water, check your emails instead, then go back to sleep wondering why you are still thirsty

  • When your hand automatically reaches down to your holster because it ‘vibrated’ only to find your phone is in your pocket, or worse, not even with you

  • When you promise your wife not to sit with the laptop all the time only to scroll through your blackberry hidden on the other side of the couch

  • When you like to keep holding your phone because of its ‘warmth’

  • When you make it a point, while traveling, to smile at someone else using a blackberry and then take yours out for a second, polish it an place it back thinking this is some sort of camaraderie of blackberry users

  • When you have spent more money buying ‘screen protectors’, ‘glass replacement screens’, ‘skintight covers’ and other gadgets as compared to the cost of the phone itself

  • When you get withdrawal symptoms if the red ‘new mail’ LED does not start flashing every two minutes

  • When you find yourself opting for a $400 a month blackberry plan which includes unlimited data, unlimited roaming, gazillion calling minutes, ‘just in case you are in the middle of tanganikya and need to make a call home’

  • When you keep checking what is your current GPS location (you know, in the new 8800 series), even though you are sitting in your OWN friggin’ house on your own friggin’ recliner

  • When you loctite glue your blackberry holder clip to your belt, so you never forget to ‘latch on’

  • When your pastime involves how smoothly you can maneuver the ‘pearl’ so that the cursor moves in a nice circle around your icons (applicable only to pearl users)

  • When you own a wall socket charger, a USB charger and a hand-cranked charger for your blackberry to make sure it never runs out of juice

  • When you have downloaded Yahoo Go!, Google Mobile, BBMaps, Telenav, WayFinder and other local search and/or GPS apps and use them ALL for every search, just to see which is better for this particular query

  • When you insist on posting notes/messages from your Blackberry even though you are in front of a computer, because the “Sent via BlackBerry® from Cingular Wireless®” tagline at the end of you message makes you feel sophisticated.

And you think adding ‘Presence’ to such devices will be a success in the consumer market! Ha. Bite me.

(Sent via BlackBerry® from Cingular Wireless®)