LinkedIn’s New Messaging Feature Is Here! Some May Like It, Some May Not.

THE WAIT IS OVER – REALLY?

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I was unaware I was waiting for this new experience. I don’t remember getting an email from LinkedIn explaining I would log on and my whole mailbox experience would change. Is it for the better?

 

I like anyone else was like a little kid in the candy store when I first glanced at it.  Actually I was pretty excited. Twenty minutes later the excitement dwindled to a low rumble. To my wonder, I could not find my archive emails and my deleted emails,  a couple quick tweets to @LinkedInHelp and I was able to locate them.  I spent a good part of the morning learning to master the new messaging features.  I  believe it is really growing on me. Like anything else,

“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.”

My favorite part of the change:

In addition to being able to attach photos and documents to your messages, now you can also add stickers, emojis and GIFs to insert a little extra personality into the conversations you’re having 1:1 or with a group on the new messaging experience. This means, the next time you want to set up a coffee follow up, you can use this sticker:13

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LinkedIn’s Blog had this to say about the change:

 

 

 

We know people love to message each other, and now it’s easier than ever to do so on LinkedIn. If you’re like me, you’re probably having more and more short-form and casual conversations with your professional peers every day. As you would over text or in-person, it’s now easier for you to have meaningful yet lightweight ways to reach out and light up your professional relationships through conversations.

Starting today, we are rolling out a new messaging experience on LinkedIn that offers an easier and more lightweight way to have professional conversations with your connections.  We know many of you have been asking for this ability and we’ve taken a thoughtful approach to reflect the evolving ways professionals are communicating with one another today, as well as, the different ways our members are interacting with each other across our international markets.

So what’s new?

We’ve rebuilt everything from the ground up so you can expect a cleaner and more streamlined look and feel to help you start or keep a conversation going. We’ve also introduced a chat-style interface to allow for easy back and forth messaging. We’ve also organized all the messages around the people that matter to you, which means you’ll be able to easily reference the last conversation you had right within the thread. We’ve also improved our push and email notifications to make it easier to stay on top of the conversations that are most relevant and important to you.

As part of our efforts to streamline the new messaging experience, we’ve moved some features around such as sent invitations. Learn more here.

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What’s next?

Conversations make your relationships stronger. Whether you’re researching and reaching out to new business partners or you’re sharing articles and discussing it privately via a message with your colleagues — we believe conversations make everything you do on LinkedIn more meaningful and powerful.

We’re hard at work to explore the possibilities of how we will extend this experience. We’re excited about concepts like intelligent messaging assistants that can help suggest people you should message or provide you with relevant information about that person before you start a conversation. Or the possibilities with voice and video to make conversations more compelling.

We know we can put a unique LinkedIn spin on the kinds of conversations you are already having in a professional setting, like making introductions or debriefing after a meeting. The possibilities are endless and we look forward to continue iterating and enhancing the experience.

The new messaging experience has started to ramp today to English-speaking members around the world on iOS, Android and the desktop web experience. We look forward to making it accessible in other languages in the coming weeks.

What is you take on it? Do you like it or not?

Love to here your opinions, please comment.

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