LinkedIn opens its doors to students

SAN ANSELMO, CA - JANUARY 27:  In this photo illustration, the LinkedIn logo is displayed on the screen of a laptop computer on January 27, 2011 in San Anselmo, California. Social networking internet site LinkedIn Corp. filed documents with the U.S. regulators for an initial public offering. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LinkedIn is looking to expand its user base to students. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

LinkedIn Corp. said it will open its social networking site to those above 13 years of age in a move aimed at attracting a younger membership base.

The company, which makes much of its money by selling access to its members’ resumes to corporate recruiters, said the changes will come into effect on Sept. 12.

LinkedIn also introduced a new feature called University Pages enabling schools, students and alumni to connect on the website.

More than 200 universities have adopted their pages, including New York University and the University of Michigan, LinkedIn said in a blog post on Monday.

LinkedIn said the minimum age for its members will vary by country. Currently, the minimum age for online social networking is 14 in the United States, 16 in the Netherlands and 18 in China, the company said.

Minors will have different default settings to limit public information and unwanted communication, the company said.


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