Monday, October 15, 2007

Facebook LinkedIn Face-off

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Excerpted from "Facebook Has LinkedIn In Their Crosshairs" by Michael Arrington

Facebook may be used for professional networking (particularly in Silicon Valley), but it sure isn’t set up to be. People’s profiles are all about their dating status, pictures, videos and other very personal information. It’s perfect for college dorm networking, but not so much for job or business development hunting.

LinkedIn, by contrast, is set up perfectly to network. You can see your extended network many levels deep, so you can quickly find out if you are connected to a person even with a few degrees of separation. With Facebook, you can go to your friends’ profiles and see who they are friends with, but you can’t go deeper into the social graph than that.

But that’s changing, fast.

  • Facebook is creating friend grouping last month.
  • Facebook is quietly making changes to their data structure to allow for the concept of “networking.” ... But networking was recently added as a desired relationship type to the API (note that it is not yet an option on Facebook itself yet).

Once launched, Facebook (or third party developers) could add a lot of functionality around networking. Applications could be developed that show a social graph for users who’ve said they want to network that goes much deeper than one level of friends. You could, for example, use Facebook’s people search (which is now public) to not only find people, but see exactly how you are connected to them. In effect, Facebook could build a LinkedIn-type networking application within the overall Facebook network. And that could be very bad for LinkedIn in the long run.

My Take

Promising development.

Monday October 15, 2007 - 01:08pm (EDT)