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The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Exploring how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation.
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The Strength of Weak Ties

A research team from MIT, Stanford, LinkedIn, and Harvard, recently conducted the largest experimental study to date on the impact of social media on employment and the labor market.  Here are some data points indicating the scope of the study:


20 Million

Number of global job seekers studied

5 Years

Duration of the data experiments

2 Billion; 600,000

Number of new ties and number of job changes recorded during the study

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