LinkedIn, Internet.org, and Ben Affleck | This Week In Social Media

LinkedIn Does A Bunch Of Stuff

This week, professional networking platform LinkedIn made, well, a bunch of changes—starting with the introduction of its new University Pages. Targeting “younger users who want to connect with colleges,” LinkedIn University Pages will allow prospective students to see the top employers of each school’s alumni, as well as the main fields in which they work. As part of the effort, LinkedIn also revealed this week that the minimum user age in the United States will be reduced to 14 (as of September 12).  A third and final announcement on Thursday revealed a new design for LinkedIn Groups, which will put more emphasis on user content as well as allow group moderators to upload a custom banner image. Phew.

Finally, A Website For The Internet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced late Tuesday the launch of Internet.org, a new initiative to get the two-thirds of the world’s population who are without Internet access online. Only 2.7 billion people have Internet access, as Mashable reports, with Internet adoption growing by less than 9% annually. Founding members of Internet.org—including Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung—aim to make Internet access more affordable and data use more efficient. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges,” said Zuckerberg in an official statement.

Ben Affleck Is Batman And The Internet Isn’t Happy

In another stunning example of how social media can make the non-news newsworthy, a perfect storm of Sharknado proportions hit Twitter late last night following Warner Bros.’ announcement that Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. Affleck, who is responsible for oft-made-fun-of films like Gigli and superhero flop Daredevil, united the entire Internet in one shared opinion:  he must be stopped. For one single, beautiful night, Twitter came together, celebrating #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot of cats), nerd humor, and jokes about Boston accents. See some of the best tweets here.