Earlier in the week, Barack Obama visited the Silicon Valley headquarters of business-orientated social network LinkedIn, which hosted a town hall-style meeting to promote the president’s new jobs bill. The irony of talking about how to find jobs at a company that helps people find jobs was not lost on Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show.”
Stewart noted that many audience participants said they or someone close to them were unemployed. LinkedIn, Stewart said, had clearly not worked for the town hall attendees, and he claimed not to know what the service is designed to do for people who use it.
“I thought [LinkedIn] was an email inbox flooding service whose sole purpose in life was to remind me that a guy I went to high school with would like me to join LinkedIn so I can spam everyone I ever met,” Stewart said in his opening segment, making reference to LinkedIn’s infamous email invites, designed to kickstart the user’s network of connections and encourage new interactions on the site.