Jose Van Dijk utilizes the actor network theory in order to describe the “co-evolving networks of people and technologies”. Through the six elements which Van Dijk theorizes the focal point of this portion is the users and usage which focuses on the “changes in platforms which can force users to change settings or leave the web domain”.
Linkedin initially launched as a recruitment tool which now is being used by human resource professionals in order to network with potential. The importance of Linked in is the capacity to join activate communities such as within Groups and other peer based positions outside of our main profile. Robert Hall states that almost 2/3rd of firms utilize professional networking sites in order to find prospective employees and 1/3rd use social networking sites to have background information The growth and importance of users on social networking and professional networking sites has risen in young users lives. A study at UCLA (Higher Education Research Institute) showed that students spend 3-5 hours on social networking sites alone, of those hours they average 30 minutes per a day (2.5 hours a week average) on recruiting networks. Research networks play a key feature in helping students find a support network, whether it be of those formerly employed by an organization or finding out more about an organization and their expectations before applying for a position. 31.3% of students already use Linked in for job searches and applications which shows how prevalent the relationships between the two are and how quickly the numbers will grow with new policy changes allowing a broader pool of registers.
Scholarly Source : Herbold, J., & Douma, B. (2013). Students’ Use of Social Media for Job Seeking. CPA Journal, 83(4), 68-71
Non-Scholarly: Richards, L. (n.d.). The Importance of LinkedIn for Networking. Retrieved December 16, 2015, fromhttp://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/importance-linkedin-networking-2400.html