LinkedIn vs. Facebook: Apples and Oranges?

Apples vs. Oranges“I do. You can see me riding on my tractor.”

That’s the answer LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye gives when asked in this interview if he has a Facebook account. He continues, “I think that’s an example of the difference . . . . ” Thanks again to Chris for pointing the way.

The article at WebWatch is a good read, and, from my point of view, everything Nye says that’s different about LinkedIn and Facebook is true and evident. I’m 31, and I’ve definitely enjoyed my limited LinkedIn experiences much more than on Facebook. I see the purposes for both, but as an adult professional, I’m not as interested in who’s hooking up with who as I am in knowing where my friends and colleagues are now working and how I can improve my professional networking.

The comparison between the two is a little unfair: one is for professional networking, another is for social networking. Yet, they are extremely similar, they just target very different audiences and serve very different purposes.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, do it now, check it out and see what you think.

One response to “LinkedIn vs. Facebook: Apples and Oranges?

  1. Dear Brett,

    I am trying to find out who owns the picture of “apple and orange”, because I would like to use it in a book chapter. Do you know if it is in a public domain? Thank you for your help!

    Shi-Ming

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