LinkedIn and Lynda believe the growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to the future of the global economy

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Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn and a believer of the “always be learning” approach, announced a major acquisition move this morning, saying Lynda.com is a great fit for the 346+ million user strong social network. According to TechCrunch, the deal is valued at $1.5 billion.

“The world moves too quickly now to rest on the knowledge we gained earlier in our lives,” Weiner said. He went on to say that in a knowledge-driven economy it’s all about the people. I agree with both his comments (click here), even though I only use LinkedIn and not Lynda.com – yet.

Apparently, in addition to what you’d assume you’d normally find on Lynda.com, the site also offersĀ professional developmentĀ such as courses by Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communications. I didn’t know Lynda.com was founded in 1995, too. According to Wikipedia, Lynda.com’s online coursesĀ began in 2002. That’s quite a library of knowledge LinkedIn now has – And what a breathtaking social reach for Lynda.com!

LinkedIn’s Android app: There’s room for improvement

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Reviewing the LinkedIn Android app: Let’s just say there’s room for improvement

I find it a little faster than the web version of LinkedIn. The areas where LinkedIn could improve this app are:

1. The ability to share OUT your profile via email. The sideways “v” symbol for sharing out on Android doesn’t work for profiles. Strangely, it lets you share your profile with an existingĀ LinkedIn user. I don’t really see how that would come in handy or who would do that. In a way, it seems like you’re telling the other person that you think they need help with tapping on a touchscreen! But even more absurd is the text that’s pre-populated in that interface. It says something like “Check out my LinkedIn profile!” #eyeroll Who speaks or writes that way? Nobody that I know.

2. The quick buttons for connecting. At the moment, these buttons don’t tell you if a generic invite will be sent. Tap one by accident and you’ll send a generic invite, even if you didn’t mean to. Most of the buttons behave this way at the moment. I’m unaware of any plans LinkedIn has to change this, or to make the buttons give you a choice. The latter idea would be the smartĀ thing to do. LinkedIn, are you listening?

I need to talk about the fairly new LinkedIn Pulse Android app for a minute. Long story short, I had to uninstall it. Just too many notifications! Everytime someone that you’re following publishes to LinkedIn Pulse, you get a notification. The built-in reader is functional, butĀ not that different fromĀ the Feedly Android app in terms of looks. There’s no great benefit to it,Ā other than the fact that articles on Pulse are grouped into one section.

I guess I can mention the Slideshare Android app, since it’s part of the LinkedIn ecosystem. It’s convenient, but on some phones, it crashes. When it comes to LinkedIn’s app UX improvement plans, I’m unsure whether or not their Android app is high on the priority list. I’m guessing no – at least that’s what it seems like. At least it’s fast with fast WiFi.

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