Topical items and views on the impact of digitisation on publishing and its content and the issues that make the news. This blog follows the report 'Brave New World',
(http://www.ewidgetsonline.com/vcil/bravenewworld.html ), published by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland and authored by Martyn Daniels. The views and comments expressed are those of the author.
The takeover and initial public offering (IPO)
season appears to be in full swing in technology market and following
Microsofts dive into Barnes and Noble we now have LinkedIn’s acquisition of
Slideshare and Facebook’s share price for its upcoming IPO being set at at
between $28 and $35 per share, which values the company at between $85bn-$95bn
The Facebook IPO is now set to become the largest internet
share offer topping Google's 2004 valuation of $23bn. News Corp must be kicking
its heels that it got it so wrong with MySpace who were number one only a few
years ago and are now slipping into obscurity.
LinkedIn is the biggest socil network for
professionals and is the place to not only connect to your business network but
to find people and jobs. It is like a gaint Roldex and who’s who of the
business world, hosting discussion groups and connecting business people to
business people. It not surprising that they have now acquired Slideshare for US$118.75m.
Slideshare is what it says on the tin a place to share slides which as everyone
knows are used everyday by business people and in business conferences. SlideShare
users have uploaded more than nine million presentations and had nearly 29
million unique visitors last March.
So we now have the social giant Facebook which is
reshaping how we share and communicate in communities and with friends and
LinkedIn which is starting to reshape how business people connect, reconnect
and expand their networks and knowledge. LinkedIn has still got some places to
go and could still have some parts of the jigsaw to plug in but is clearly
destined to grow further. An ex collegue said to me recently that he didn’t get
LinkedIn until he lost his job and now he gets it 100%.
The new LinkedIn will now enable professionals to also
discover people through their presentation content and that starts to open up
significant avenues for further growth as well as becoming an effective store
and archive of business content. Imagine if LinkedIn next bought the likes of