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LinkedIn CEO Boasts of the Career Social Network's Growth

Has Your Life Benefited From Social Networking?

Even amid a recession and layoffs across several industries, the CEO of career social network LinkedIn is boasting of the growth of the network. Though I belong to LinkedIn, as do all of my friends who also use Facebook and other major networks, I have not yet heard of anyone getting a job from their participation on the site, though that's the sole reason to belong for most.

I have heard of reconnections and career opportunities through Facebook and MySpace, however, which is not the only way a network can lift you up — who doesn't know someone who's made a romantic connection through Facebook? My social network participation has really only tangibly gotten me closer or better connected friendships, but nothing like a job or a partner. I'm curious — has your life benefited some way because of a social network?

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MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
My social life has benefited as I am able to keep with friends in an easier manner. But professionally, no.
misogi misogi 8 years
The Internet has helped me make great friendships, but as for social networking sites...they haven't done anything good for me. I deleted my MySpace because of drama, and now I'm considering deleting my Facebook for the exact same reason.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I never got offered a job or anything, but I have met some great people that way. :]
UNMADE UNMADE 8 years
I met my husband through a (IRL & on-line) mutual friend via LiveJournal.
meshele meshele 8 years
Yep, I met my fiancee on MySpace!
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
Not really, but that's because I don't do much social networking.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't really consider myself to be on a social networking sites all that much - just here and a few other places but nothing like myspace or facebook. i think that there is a benefit that i've seen since it keeps me entertained when i don't have friends to talk to but it's not like i'm really socializing online.
pelirroja828 pelirroja828 8 years
As I've job hunted lately...I received the highest quality interviews from LinkedIn (especially the job search function!)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
not in terms of career but i would have lost touch with a lot of people and not rekindled old friendships with a lot of others if it weren't for facebook
cassedy04 cassedy04 8 years
I was offered a job through linked in... and if i hadnt already had an awesome job offer from a big 4 firm, i would have taken it!
Drewsfan Drewsfan 8 years
I connected with my step-mom, sister, and two brothers that I'd never met through classmates.com about six years ago.
JeffaLynn JeffaLynn 8 years
I have, definitely. Some of my best friends I've met online. Or at least built our relationship online.
vitisva vitisva 8 years
I met my husband nearly 10 years ago now on thespark.com
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 8 years
I personally haven't benefited in my career however a good friend got job offers from both Apple and Yahoo through LinkedIn so it is definitely helping some people out there.
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