Teen Beat

LinkedIn, the Last Corner of the Internet Not Controlled by Teens, Will Soon Be Invaded by Teens

"It's not just for old people who have briefcases."
(Photo: LinkedIn)

(Photo: LinkedIn)

Whenever you feel like escaping the grasp of teenage drama that pervades every corner of social networks–from Facebook to Twitter to especially Tumblr–you can always head over to LinkedIn, where adults are doing adult-like things like updating their job profiles with self-serious descriptions and posting links to stories about How to Be a Better Manager.

But beginning in September, that will all change. No longer will there be a single sliver of the Internet that is safe from Youths.

According to a post published to LinkedIn’s official blog, the professional social network is now allowing teens onto its platform to help them figure out what college they should attend. Each university will be able to claim their own page, which they can update with information about their various programs, extracurriculars and notable alumni.

Beginning on September 12, the minimum age to access LinkedIn will drop to 14 and high school students will invade the network with questions such as “What’s the coolest dorm?” and “Which bars can you drink at without being carded?” Also to ostensibly check out colleges and figure out which careers their majors typically yield (hint: “drama” leads to “waiting tables”).

The move appears to be yet another part of an effort on behalf of LinkedIn to convince young people that its platform is actually cool and hip and not a mid-level sales conference at an Orlando Holiday Inn in as a business. “Linkedin: it’s not just for old people who have briefcases,” intones the narrator in a newly released promotional video for high schoolers.

No, it is also for unemployed interns with messenger bags. Dream big, kids!

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