LinkedIn Invites High School Students, Launches University Pages

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LinkedIn LogoHeading back to school is an exciting time for students, and the folks at LinkedIn might have been a little bit jealous. The fast-growing social network has announced a higher education initiative that will open LinkedIn to high school students and universities. Actually, according to the announcement, the expansion was not inspired by back-to-school jealousy, but instead by one LinkedIn employee's experience helping her daughter find the right school. To start, LinkedIn will be giving universities the same tools that are currently offered on business pages, but with an emphasis on alumni and careers. The network should be a natural place for students to get an accurate picture of what kind of professionals are produced from a certain university. On September 12, LinkedIn will also open the network up to students ages 14 and up. Ideally, students will be able to leverage the network to decide on the right university and connect with professionals and other students before ever leaving their hometown. On the other hand, universities will be able to reach out to qualified prospective students based on their LinkedIn profiles, instead of waiting for the students to come to them. Universities will also be able to showcase alumni in an environment that was made for that exact purpose.
LinkedIn University Page

As LinkedIn expands into education, will the students follow? Image courtesy of LinkedIn.

What do you think of LinkedIn's latest move? Will adding students add or detract from the social network's reputation?

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