Bill Gates to get LinkedIn

The Microsoft chairman will post a question related to "how technology can be better utilized for charitable causes" to LinkedIn's entire 19 million members.

Just a short while after abandoning Facebook due to being overwhelmed with friend requests, Bill Gates plans to experiment on rival service LinkedIn.

On Thursday, the Microsoft Chairman will post a question related to "how technology can be better utilized for charitable causes" to LinkedIn's entire 19 million members. I'm interested to see whether Gates finds LinkedIn scales to someone of his stature any better than Facebook.

The move comes as part of a set of announcements that LinkedIn plans to make on Thursday. A pitch from LinkedIn noted the company will have a revamped home page to show off as well as a "notable advertising announcement." They declined to say whether said announcement is with Microsoft, however.

Microsoft provides ad-serving to Facebook thanks to a sizeable investment in Facebook, while Google has an exclusive and pricey deal with MySpace. Google recently noted challenges in getting social networking deals to pay off.

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