LinkedIn Has A New Competitor?

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Facebook began letting businesses in the US or Canada post jobs and take applications from job seekers, posing a challenge to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

The platform’s users will be able to find help-wanted posts at business pages on Facebook or by looking in a new ‘jobs’ bookmark on the leading social network’s mobile application.

“Businesses and people previously use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we’re rolling out new features that permit job posting and application directly on Facebook,” the California-based internet giant said in an online message.

Job postings may appear in news feed streams if companies pay to endorse them.

Clicking on an “apply now” button will open an online form already filled out with relevant information from a person’s Facebook profile, according to the social network.

Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Leaked

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In a move to make your News Feed more informative, Facebook has tweaked its algorithm to bring news that’s applicable and of interest to you.

“Our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them, so we rank stories so what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds,” said Facebook in a blog post on Friday.

According to Jie Xu, Research Scientist, Akos Lada, Data Scientist and Vibhi Kant, Product Manager at News Feed, when Facebook rank and make improvements to News Feed, it rely on a set of core values.

“These values — which we’ve been using for years — guide our thinking and help us keep the central experience of News Feed intact as it evolves,” they wrote.

WhatsApp Brings Voicemail and Call Back Features

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In July, reports pointed out how developers seemed to be burning the midnight oil with a string of feature updates for WhatsApp including voicemail and Call Back. It was available for Android in the beta mode. Both these features are now officially available on Android and iOS.

For the new features, Android users will have to update to version 2.16.229 and iOS users to 2.16.8. Users can then leave a voice message in case the recipient doesn’t answer the call. For example, they will find three options – Cancel, Call Back and asking to leave a Voice Message.

LinkedIn Crosses 100-Million In Asia-Pacific

LinkedIn is now 100-million strong in Asia-Pacific

Professional networking website LinkedIn on Wednesday announced that it has crossed the 100-million member mark in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), and with 37 million members, India is its largest market in the region. Globally, India retains its spot as the second largest market after the US, a company statement said. LinkedIn has gathered its member base in the region from 50 million to 100 million in just two years. The region now represents 22 per cent of LinkedIn’s global member base of over 450 million.

“At this scale, LinkedIn is in an even stronger position to help members connect to economic opportunity, whether it’s a new job, a promotion or other business opportunities,” said Olivier Legrand, Managing Director, LinkedIn Asia Pacific and Japan, in a statement. China presently accounts for more than 23 million members, while Australia has eight million members.