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  • Dec 15, 2011
    11:20 AM ET

    LinkedIn Members Too ‘Creative’


    Social networkers and job-seekers may need to get more creative in order to buck the weak jobs market – especially when it comes to their overuse of the word “creative,” according to a new survey.

    For those who want to make a good first impression, be warned: “Creative” is the most commonly invoked adjective of the 60 million-plus U.S. members of the social networking site LinkedIn, according to a new report by the company.

    LinkedIn profiles are overloaded with such buzzwords, which sometimes turn off employers, experts say. “As business winds down for the holidays, snag a few minutes to add some sparkle to your LinkedIn Profile and resume,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s connection director. “Make sure you’re putting your best foot forward to tackle your professional resolutions.”

  • Nov 11, 2011
    11:52 AM ET

    Facebook ‘Friends’ Privacy But May Not ‘Like’ It


    Don’t trust the government or Facebook to protect your online privacy, experts say.

    The social-networking giant’s anticipated settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy concerns may make Facebook more polite about sharing information, but users should remain as vigilant as ever with their data, says Adam Levin, founder and chairman of advocacy group Identity Theft 911. “I applaud the FTC for cracking down on businesses misleading consumers about privacy policy changes,” he says. “But it’s only a small victory for a very large consumer and business issue.”

    The settlement stems from charges that Facebook allegedly misled users about its use of their personal information, according to The Wall Street Journal. “According to people familiar with the talks, the settlement would require Facebook to obtain users’ consent before making ‘material retroactive changes’ to its privacy policies,” the paper reports.

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