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LinkedIn Shut Down in China Following 'Jasmine' Post

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Social networking site LinkedIn reports that China has blocked it in certain regions Friday.

The company is investigating the unsurprising obstructions, which follow similar firewalling by the Chinese government in an attempt to block online forums. One user may have prompted the suppression by posting a "Jasmine Revolution" forum in emulation of the social media-charged uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.

LinkedIn did not say that the Chinese government was responsible for the shutdown, although it fits a pattern of censorship.

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Rank Your Co-Workers, See How They Rank You

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Chances are you've already sized up your co-workers in private, so why not have some fun with it online? At least that's what the new website Cubeduel wants you to do.

The new site, which launched this week, ranks your current and former co-workers by placing them in head-to-head match-ups and then letting you vote for your favorites. If you vote on enough duels, the site also reveals how others have rated you.

To access Cubeduel, you sign into the site with your LinkedIn information. The site then uses your work history to create the duels between current and former colleagues.

As you click on your favorites, the site combines your votes with those from other users to assign rankings to everyone on the site. Once you've voted on 20 pairs, Cubeduel reveals how many duels you've won and shows you the top scorers from each of the companies or organizations listed on your LinkedIn profile.

And if you're worried about getting in trouble with the boss, don't be. The founders say all voting is absolutely anonymous.

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Workplace Game Changer? Website Lets You Rate Co-Workers

Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You can already rate movies, restaurants and products online. Now, wants you to rate your co-workers too.

When it debuted earlier this year, some tech blogs were merciless with their criticism, calling it everything from a "clean, well-lighted place for defamation" to a "public bathroom wall for everyone on the planet" to "a completely evil social network."

The site is accessible to anyone with a Facebook account over the age of 21.

Detractors have said there is little to stop conversation on the website from descending into the hate-fests found on so many sites with anonymous comments.

But the site's founder, Peter Kazanjy, and others say in the months since its launch, the site has not only maintained a professional tone, it has become a resource for those looking to hire or build a business.

Kazanjy said his site is intended to be an online resource for those managing and researching professional reputations. It's not about what you might have done at a college party years ago, he said, but rather about a person's management style, productivity, integrity and relationships.

"Professional reputation resides in the brains of all your colleagues and co-workers, and it's very hard to access that," he told ABC News. "This is the place for productive conversation about this topic."

Using mechanisms similar to those that power review-sharing sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Amazon, Kazanjy said his site is trying to provide an honest and candid window into a person's professional identity.

Like the popular professional networking site LinkedIn, users can request reviews of themselves and provide reviews of co-workers or others in their industry. But the key -- and controversial -- difference is that all reviews are anonymous and users can't delete any reviews about themselves.

"At the end of the day, we think that people are good," he said. "We have seen [that] if you give them a platform where they can share their professional opinion, but they know there are incentives for good behavior and disincentives for bad behavior, then they don't engage in bad behavior and they engage in good behavior. And I think we anticipate seeing that pattern continue."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Employees Un-like Facebook Relationships With the Boss

Photo Courtesy - Facebook(MELVILLE, N.Y.) -- Using sex to get ahead is more likely than connecting to a boss on the business networking website LinkedIn, according to a poll by an employment agency.

Adecco Staffing U.S. commissioned a survey of 1,000 American workers, and reports that six percent of them say they have connected to their bosses on Linkedin, compared to the nine percent who would consider an office fling to advance their careers.

"That's probably in violation of every sophisticated company's human resources policy," says Jay Weiss, vice president of the consulting firm JGI.  "It's a disappointing result that more people think that is the way to get ahead than legit means."

To get a pay raise, "Demonstrate and know your value to the company," says Weiss, "and be sensitive to the company's ability to pay you."

However, nine percent "completely agreed" and seven percent "somewhat agreed" with a question asking whether they would consider having a fling to get ahead at the job, which is three percent more than the number who said they friended their boss on Facebook.  Even in the digital age, linking online with a boss is uncommon.  Eighty-two percent have not connected to their bosses on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Foursquare.

When it comes to advances made via social media, women felt more pressure than men to accept links to their bosses after a request was sent.  If the boss asked to befriend an employee online, 34 percent of women versus 24 percent of men felt pressure to accept the invitation.  More women than men adjusted their online privacy settings.

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