Who needs scary reasons? Why not just the truth?

Here are three scary reasons why LinkedIn sold to Microsoft for $26 billion

Me, I prefer the easy answers. Some idiot rocked up with $26 billion in cash.

15 thoughts on “Who needs scary reasons? Why not just the truth?”

  1. Microsoft could have built their own version for less than $100m. Integrate it with Office 365, Exchange, Dynamics CRM for a small fee and people would have marched away from LinkedIn.

  2. They’re not buying the product, they’re buying the user list and the networking data that goes with it. And they’re getting it quite cheaply, $60 per user. Hat M$ as much as you want, but the people running it are not fools.

  3. The only time I give any thought to LinkedIn is to consider whether I can delete my profile without consequence.

    And the only consequence I can think of, notwithstanding that anyone who wants to check me out can readily find me on the website I share with colleagues, is that a LinkedIn profile does at least provide an audit trail of legitimate existence on the Web, which is potentially useful.

    Otherwise LinkedIn is a pain the arse.

  4. Microsoft are just doubling-down on the enterprise market, while Google and Apple hoover up the consumer market. The days of owning a Microsoft PC at home are drawing to a close.

  5. @Chris Miller
    “Hate M$ as much as you want, but the people running it are not fools.”

    I think the Nokia acquisition and subsequent running it into the ground would suggest otherwise!

  6. I gave up on Linked in because all I seemed to get were requests from people in India asking ‘gizzus a job’.

    Mind, my only claim to fame is that I have Boris Johnson’s 1/2 brother as a contact on there. That’s how pathetic I am.

  7. Yes they could set up a network cheaper. How long to get number of users and data that linkedin currently has? What is the opportunity cost of creating then waiting?

  8. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I only use LinkedIn because it’s not Facebook. I’m also on Xing, but only use that to remind me of friends in germanys’ birthdays.

    Now it’s part of the Evil Empire Axis of Evil Evilness I think I might chuck it. I feel sullied using Windows 7 and have to type with gloves on, so if I had a touch screen Surface or similar device, I’d probably have to burn the ends of my fingers after each session.

  9. @Andy H
    Nokia was bought for the IP, not the design and manufacturing capability, which had already gone beyond saving.

  10. I only use LinkedIn because it’s not Facebook.

    I use LinkedIn so I can find out where ex-colleagues are working. And, to a lesser extent, so recruiters can find me.

    I tried to keep off Facebook, but it didn’t work for a number of reasons, so I now keep it for people who, if not “friends” in the traditional sense, are people I would happily buy a drink for if we bumped in to each other (which excludes a large section of my commercial contacts!) or, the other large group, people I was at school with (some of whom I would, indeed, buy a drink for but even fewer are “friends”.)

  11. re: Chris Miller

    “Nokia was bought for the IP, not the design and manufacturing capability, which had already gone beyond saving.”

    What IP – isn’t MS Phone dead as well?

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I use Arsebook to keep up with what the nephews and nieces and their increasingly numerous brood are getting up to. I check it about twice a month. LinkedIn I found about as much use as a soap hacksaw. Twatter I refuse to use because it is so cuntish. I suppose that sounds like the bellowing of a mastodon facing extinction but, as the kids say: look at all the fucks I give.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “I use Arsebook to keep up with what the nephews and nieces and their increasingly numerous brood are getting up to…. but, as the kids say: look at all the fucks I give.”

    Well clearly it is helping you keep in touch with the dynamic evolving nature of the English language.

    No social media at all.

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