How to Get the Economy Moving: Your Ideas -- Plus the Top Shared Stories (9/23-9/30)

September 30, 2011

When choosing what to share this week, LinkedIn members opted for articles about Facebook's changes over headlines about the changes (possibly) taking place with the speed of light. That’s should come as no surprise. Americans now send 16% of their online hours on Facebook. Einstein just can't draw the same crowd as Zuckerberg.

Top 5 most-shared articles on LinkedIn (Sept. 23, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2011)g

  1. How Facebook Timeline Might Radically Change the Look of Brand Pages [PICS], 9/27 (Mashable)
  2. Speed-of-light results under scrutiny at Cern, 9/23 (BBC)
  3. What Does It Take To Be a Social Strategist? [INFOGRAPHIC], 9/24 (Mashable)
  4. Facebook to Launch iPad App at Apple’s iPhone 5 Event [EXCLUSIVE], 9/26 (Mashable)
  5. No, Facebook Will Not Make You Pay to Get the New Profiles, 9/25 (Mashable)

Another Silicon Valley event also drew outsized attention, this one even closer to home.

On Monday, LinkedIn held a Town Hall with President Obama to talk about jobs and the economy. Our Special Edition of LinkedIn Today, launched in conjunction with the Silicon Valley event, managed to out-share every individual article across LinkedIn. Of course, the page had a slight advantage. For one, it was a collection of stories – a curated list of the top articles about jumpstarting the economy — rather than a single story. But, more importantly, it held the livestream of the event.

You can watch the video on the page. Even better, you can join the Putting America Back to Work group to continue the conversation.

Some of the questions that members posted, but that didn’t get a chance to be fielded in the hour-long event:

  • Kyle Daley: Millennials are facing staggering unemployment levels, what are you specific plans to help put recent college graduates and young people to work?
  • Angel Rodriquez: Would you consider forgiving student loan debt to aid in economic recovery? With the stroke of your pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy.
  • James Lundblad: In Germany they did a lot to keep workers in their jobs so they didn't loose vital skills, what can we do to keep workers employed or in training while they are collected unemployment insurance?
  • Patty Errera: How can we bring manufacturing back to the USA? I am having a hard time finding manufacturing for our new product in the USA.
  • Helsinki Wang: To put America back to work, we have to revive the housing market. A recovering housing market will create jobs, boost retail sales, and stop banks from bleeding.

There are plenty more ideas worth thinking about, arguing with, or commenting on in the now 4,500-member group.

Finally, in the last installment of our series on top-shared stories on LinkedIn, we asked you to help straighten out a Mashable story about brands on Facebook. The piece pointed out that two studies clashed over whether consumers unliked brands or not. One survey found that 76% had never down-thumbed a company; another said that 81% of consumers had. Our poll sided with the latter: 72% of respondents said they had unliked a brand; 17% said they hadn't. And Chris Johnson was one of many to say that the entire premise is ridiculous:

I have never "liked" or followed a brand and never will.

(See results.)