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LinkedIn Is The New … Minesweeper?

In 2011, I wrote a blog post titled, Why Skype Is The New Solitaire, where I predicted that Skype would become commonplace in business once it was integrated with Microsoft Office and installed on every Windows computer.  Of course, it didn’t take a a crystal ball to see the future of the video conferencing, and I don’t take any credit for my divination skills. I do take credit for the witty Solitaire analogy, and this here witty-titled post is meant to be a “sequel” to that first post…

Last month (June 2016), Microsoft announced plans to acquire LinkedIn. This adds leverage to their current CRM software, by adding a large social network of adults, who are mostly professional.  I say mostly, because lately there has a been a surge of worthless content on Linkedin.  I hope this deal makes LinkedIn more about business, and less BS.

I used to praise LinkedIn for relevant content, and its gotten me more leads than any other online source. There is no definitive date of when The Old LinkedIn became what LinkedIn is today, but I personally felt the shift when the occasional annoying recruiters in my Inbox were suddenly outnumbered by periodic junk mail messages:

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But these messages don’t annoy me nearly as much as what I call the math problem posts, here is an example:

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2732 Likes and 14506 comments on a math problem that a grade school student should be able to solve?   And for the record, the answer is -13. Following the order of operations, you first reduce the multiplier and multiplicand (3×6) and put their product (18) back in the equation 3-18+2 = -13.  But why is this on LinkedIn? Why?  Because you Like it, that’s why.

Let’s push the math problems off to the side for now, and look at how the LinkedIn / Microsoft deal could actually help your business to grow, work more efficiently, and sell more effectively, by adding functionality to your desktop, tablet, phone, or Surface Hub:

  • Minesweeper_XPThe Contact List Convergence–  You meet someone at a trade show, and send a LI request to be connected.  They accept, and are automatically added to your Outlook email contact list.  You send them an Outlook Meeting Request.
  • Office LinkedIn 365 – It will be easier to share presentations and edit documents within LI groups.  You will see live chats and webinars emerge within LinkedIn Groups.  Maybe there will be local LinkedIn Groups within your Exchange Server?
  • Skype Within LinkedIn – You see a job you like on LinkedIn and apply for it. A day later, you are asked to meet on Linkedin for your first interview, using Skype For Business.

These are just 3 examples of changes you may see as a result of the the Linkedin-Microsoft merger, but you need to be careful. Just like “Mr. Softy” got half of the world hooked on Solitaire and Minesweeper, many of you will soon be using LinkedIn and Skype on a daily basis. Don’t believe me?  Just try it, the first one’s free. Here’s a free download of Windows 10, and free Microsoft Word for your Ipad…. Look, a Skype button, let’s test it!  Wait, why is this sending an email to all of my Linkedin Contacts?  And what’s with all these math problems?

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I wrote this blog post in 2011 when Microsoft acquired Skype. I thought I would reblog it now that Skype for Windows 8 has been officially unveiled. http://bit.ly/XKeYIu – pk

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Why Skype is the New Solitaire

Have you ever played the lonely card game, Solitaire?  I bet most of you have, at-one-time-or-another, played Solitaire on a Windows PC.  Don’t be ashamed, you remember, right next to Minesweeper? These two games came preloaded on PCs starting with Windows 3.1.  And because they came preloaded, we all played them, at least once.  I personally have played them hundreds of times, and I bet my mom has played them thousands of times!

Sure, you may have played Solitaire using real cards, before Windows digitized it.   But the truth is that Solitaire was not exactly popular in the 1980s (unless you were in your 80s).  And it didn’t’ get mainstream until Windows included it in their typical 3.1 installation.  Secretaries, stock boys, and network administrators across the country started playing just out of curiosity, to kill time during their lunch break (or maybe not during their lunch…

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Why Skype is the New Solitaire

Have you ever played the lonely card game, Solitaire?  I bet most of you have, at-one-time-or-another, played Solitaire on a Windows PC.  Don’t be ashamed, you remember, right next to Minesweeper? These two games came preloaded on PCs starting with Windows 3.1.  And because they came preloaded, we all played them, at least once.  I personally have played them hundreds of times, and I bet my mom has played them thousands of times!

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Solitaire and Minesweeper on Microsoft Windows 3.1. Image courtesy of toastytech.com

Sure, you may have played Solitaire using real cards, before Windows digitized it.   But the truth is that Solitaire was not exactly popular in the 1980s (unless you were in your 80s).  And it didn’t’ get mainstream until Windows included it in their typical 3.1 installation.  Secretaries, stock boys, and network administrators across the country started playing just out of curiosity, to kill time during their lunch break (or maybe not during their lunch breaks).

Then along came the Internet, cell phones, text messaging, AIM, Napster, Friendster, MySpace, and a zillion other ways to pass the time online, and suddenly Solitaire wasn’t so popular.  Nowadays, the biggest extra-curricular activity in most offices is Facebook, with Twitter a close second.  But tell me, readers, how did you first get online?  Ever use a program called Internet Explorer?   Sure, many of you are surfing using Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Rockmelt, but chances are you have tried IE at least once, right?

What about MSNBC?  Not exactly a channel I would order on its own, but I will admit, I have definitely seen it, because it was part of a larger cable television package.

This is what Microsoft is good at: putting various programs into a package and selling that package.  Look at Microsoft Office, the standard in 80% of America’s corporate office buildings, and most often installed as a package.  Last week, it was announced that Microsoft is acquiring Skype, which until recently was used mostly by college kids keeping in touch with their parents and international friends. By purchasing Skype and putting it into Windows, Office, XBox 360, and Windows Phones, Microsoft will introduce video chatting to Corporate Middle America, just like it introduced Solitaire.  No need to download anything, your Outlook contacts are automatically imported, just click and go.  Need to setup a webinar or teleconference? Now it can all be done through Microsoft Office!

The biggest difference between Skype and Solitaire, of course, is that you can’t video chat alone.  Or can you? There are currently  websites, programs, and apps that will randomly connect you with another random someone via video chat.  But readers,  be warned: I heard about half the video feeds feature up close shots of male private parts.  Yikes!  I’d rather play Solitaire. :)