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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think MS will make it more user friendly and find a way to monetize it to pay that big price tag.

Jun 13, 2016 12:58 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Since when has dealing with Microsoft been user friendly? People gave up on MS tech support decades ago and went to Google to try to figure out Windows or MS Office issues.

Jun 13, 2016 03:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Never really a fan of LI. Will have to see what they are trying to do with it.

Jun 13, 2016 12:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Initially we had great success with LinkedIn.  Then they started mimicking FB, and making it more complicated than it needed to be.  I hope it is for the best. A

Jun 13, 2016 12:07 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have personally networked with other people on LI to gain relationships and business. We can only hope so with Microsoft.

Jun 12, 2016 11:54 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I send my posts there , but never have bonded with it !

Jun 17, 2016 12:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Time will tell.

Jun 13, 2016 10:02 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I believe, Sam Shueh just blogged that they decided not to buy LI. 

Jun 13, 2016 05:49 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have verified some clients info with it and that's about the extent of what I use it for

Jun 13, 2016 03:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I hope its an improvement..not sure its been very successful in the past!

Jun 13, 2016 11:47 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Only time will tell

Jun 13, 2016 11:11 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

My knowledge of LI is tangential - I have it, click on it maybe once a month or so. But it's been integral to our daughter's generation - they use LI frequently for business connections. 

Jun 13, 2016 08:26 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I hope it does, Fred Griffin

Jun 13, 2016 07:18 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It will certainly have to change for me to ever become an active member.  I have an account but, essentially, never go there!  

Jun 13, 2016 07:12 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Hope they do better with that than with their phones or Bing. I think has more potential especially if you create or participate in business groups.

Jun 13, 2016 07:12 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Doubtful -- all of these mega corporations (publicly owned) are focused primarily on revenue.  Advertising $$ trumps everything else, while user experience often suffers.

Jun 13, 2016 07:10 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I wish I knew what they plan to do with it. Time will tell.

Jun 13, 2016 06:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I wouldn't hold my breath.  But, time will tell.

Jun 13, 2016 05:50 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Fred - Microsoft isn't exactly famous for making things easier and more user friendly, but it will be interesting to see what they do with it.

Jun 13, 2016 05:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If LI remains independent with Microsoft taking no direct management influence nothing is likely to change!

Jun 13, 2016 05:40 AM
Sandy Williams
eXp Realty, - Sarasota, FL

I was contacted by them to be part of a study to introduce buyers and sellers using that platform to look for agents.

** Please let's hope they improve it for the better and not a Windows 8 platform***  Ugh

Jun 13, 2016 05:21 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think it's pretty user friendly & many people are using it successfully. Different platform for a different reason than AR.

No, I don't care if stock is up or down. 

Jun 13, 2016 05:04 AM
Kartik Subramaniam
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

Microsoft might have the technical resources to improve the job/career search function. The current system does a terrible job filtering results that match the interests and qualifications of a user, essentialy making LI worthless for that type of job search. 

If this is improved (and it would likely coincide with improvements on the recruiter search end as well), Microsoft could be anticipating a payoff. More paid accounts, promoted positions, more expensive ads, etc. 

Not sure what changes they would make as far as user-friendliness. There is clearly room for improvement, but also a chance to make things worse. 

Jun 13, 2016 03:57 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I can't imagine MS improving anything...  I'm still upset over the ribbon in office!  Heck, I went to open office/libre office because of it!

Jun 13, 2016 03:36 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I am afraid it will soon lose any luster.

Jun 13, 2016 03:29 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It could use some improvement, so we'll have to wait and see. That price sounds awful high to me, so MS must have some changes in mind for improving it. It could also be a huge blunder for MS. I would bet a good % of people just cancel their LI profile. Others will wait and see. Could be something to do with search engines. LI did have a few decent things. Groups was ok. I didn't like their email system.

Jun 13, 2016 02:45 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I don't see the value of linkedin for every day use but for specific use only.

Jun 13, 2016 01:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Just heard the news and it should be interesting. Beyond, linking AR posts there, I don't really use it or claim to understand why I should.  

Jun 13, 2016 01:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That's a lot of moolah! And I have no idea whether this is a good thing or not.

Jun 13, 2016 12:55 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I previously used linkedin.... if it's improved, I may revisit that site....

Jun 13, 2016 12:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Time will tell. The recent changes with LI becoming more FB-like are not a posistive.

Jun 13, 2016 12:36 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Acquiring LinkedIn is a good strategic move for MS.

MicorSofts Enterprise and infrastructure solutions are perfect for the audience represented by LinkedIn. Not unlike Ben's purchase of AR into which he promotes his 'solutons.'

Will it be IMPROVED? Of course, but only in ways that enmesh MS into this 'sharing business' environment.  If a user does not like MS way of thinking, user friendly may not be the measure of the outcome.

Jun 13, 2016 12:34 AM
Toronto, ON

Excellent questions.  Attractive is in the eyes of the beholder.  Whether the site is improved is in the eyes of the beholder.

Jun 13, 2016 12:30 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Linkedin is supposed to be another  But the model was drastically changed over the years.   My take is Linkedin made nothing and will be another businesss that MSN can do without it.   Easy come and easy gone.

Jun 13, 2016 12:14 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Wow, our business employment information is more valuable than I thought! Actually I will have to mull this purchase over to see what will be the pros and cons. I think it has GREAT potential for leads and look forward to hearing from others who have utilized it effectively with good results.

Jun 13, 2016 12:09 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I read about that - seems to be a high price tag for LI

Jun 13, 2016 12:02 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Here are my thoughts:

    Many people are leaving Facebook.  One reason is the saturation of ads on the site. Another reason is their extreme liberal bias (they are removing conservative posts and conservative pages).

   Likewise Twitter.  Now that a Saudi Arabian guy is the second largest shareholder of Twitter, the site is removing anything anti-Islam or pro-gay.   People are abandoning that site.

   Google Plus is a ghost town, haunted by SEO Gurus, and Realtors striving for good search results.

   That leaves an opportunity for some other Social Media site.  Microsoft sees Facebook and Twitter losing their base, Google Plus going nowhere.    

     Microsoft will buff up LinkedIn and make it more attractive.  Those of us who are leaving Facebook, and re-thinking Twitter, will take another look at LinkedIn.

Jun 17, 2016 12:21 AM