Find out how people with your name make a living with the LinkedIn Name Game

how to use LinkedIn
If you’ve ever wondered how other people with your first name make a living, or if your parents somehow predicted your career when they named you, head over to LinkedIn’s Name Game to find out.

The Name Game is one of many tools on the site promoting LinkedIn’s Bring In Your Parents Day event scheduled for November 5, 2015, in which we are encouraged to bring our parents to work with us. According to LinkedIn, 1 in 3 parents have no idea what their kids do for a living.

The purpose of the event is to get parents familiar with the work their children do, providing a glimpse of your work space while giving you an opportunity to thank them and show your appreciation for raising you. It is stated on the website that, last year, over 50 businesses “opened their doors to more than 20,000 parents” around the world. If you, your parents, or your coworkers wish to participate in the third annual Bring In Your Parents Day event, you can sign-up at the site. LinkedIn also provides a toolkit with downloadable posters, invites, and checklists you can share to get everyone on board.

The LinkedIn #BIYP Name Game is a generator on the site requiring that you simply enter your first name. It then shows the most common job or career that others who share your name have worked in. The data, according to LinkedIn, is based on English-language LinkedIn profiles and the most common first names and standardized job titles. Although many users claim that the Name Game is strikingly accurate (for instance, Henry is a conductor, Joe is a plumber, and Helen is a teacher), LinkedIn notes that the game is intended for entertainment purposes only and shouldn’t be used to “recommend particular career paths to users.”

In the event that your parents don’t want to go to work with you, there are also suggestions and helpful tips for participating without actually attending. You can, for example, also participate by sharing videos or joining in on the discussion on social media using #BIYP.

Mobile

Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia

HMD Global, a startup that designs and builds Nokia Android smartphones, wants to put the Nokia brand name back “where it belongs.” It helps that it’s made up of ex-Nokia employees. We go behind the scenes to see how HMD formed.
Computing

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Computing

Enjoy Windows on a Chromebook with these great tips and tricks

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Wearables

One night with this sensor on your head could change your sleep forever

Get past the fact you’ll be in bed with a sensor on your forehead, and the Beddr SleepTuner may be the first step in curing your sleep problems and improving your overall health.
Social Media

Looking to share some content? Here's how to repost on Instagram

Ever seen a cool picture on Instagram that you wanted to share? There's no official means of reposting content on Instagram, but there are a few workarounds. We break down the two most logical choices for getting the job done.
News

Japanese billionaire splashes the cash to break retweet record

Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa has proved again he has a knack for self-publicity after launching a cash-prize contest to break the retweet record. Maezawa is the same man who is hoping to go to the moon with SpaceX.
Photography

Photoshop fail gives Aussie leader two left feet in official portrait

The Aussie prime minister doesn't have two left feet, despite an official photograph of the leader and his family suggesting otherwise. It was, of course, a Photoshop fail, and the embarrassing snafu was soon trending on Twitter.
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Social Media

Instagram now lets you post to multiple accounts in one tap

Instagram for iPhone now lets you post to multiple accounts at the same time. It's not the regram feature that many users have been asking for, but it could prove useful for some users who manage more than one profile.
Social Media

No yolk! A photo of an egg has become the most-liked post on Instagram

Until this weekend, the most-liked post on Instagram was of Kylie Jenner's baby daughter, which has around 18 million likes. It's now been knocked off the top spot not by a stunning sunset or even a cute cat, but by an egg.
Social Media

Invite your friends — Facebook Events can now be shared to Stories

Facebook is testing a way to make plans with friends to attend an event -- through Stories. By sharing an event in Facebook Stories, users can message other friends interested in the event to make plans to attend together.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.