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Social Networking at Age 13: Why Not?

LinkedIn announced two updates, according to The Wall Street Journal .  First, LinkedIn introduced verified university pages, providing new cyber space for applicants, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff to engage with one another.  Second, LinkedIn dropped the minimum age for the website to 13 (14 in the U.S.).  Facing these new changes, some people are concerned about whether teenagers should be allowed to access an additional social networking site.  They ask: will it be early? I completely understand where the criticism comes from.  Many teenagers are already allowed to use a variety of social networking sites.  Recently, Twitter even completely removed the restriction on age limit (used to be 13 or older).  LinkedIn was established as the social networking site for professionals.  What is good for teenagers to spend additional time on another network?  Also, will it be too early for teenagers to get engaged in the professional world? When it comes to career pr

Human Technology: Reflections on My Tour of Google LA Office

Last week, I visited Google LA Office with a friend.   We went there to pick up his Google Glass.   Supposedly, I should talk about my experience with the Glass, right?   But in fact, I would rather share with you my reflections on the tour. I arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule, but two Google associates had been waiting for me and my friend in front of the office.   They told me they were in the Google Glass Team.   In the LA office, there are about 20 members in the team.   Each team member is also part of the 3000+ “explorers” selected by Google to test the prototype.   For now, the Glass is only available (and tested) in the U.S. market.   Google seeks feedback from the explorers for product improvement.   Google also analyzes what people talk about the product on the internet.   During our visit, the associates spent two hours showing us step-by-step how to operate the Glass.   We were encouraged to spend as much time as we wanted until we felt comfortable with the Glass. I