LinkedIn Tip: Your Guide to the New 'Groups' Features

LinkedIn is changing the presentation of the discussion threads

LinkedIn announced today a bundle of updates to its Groups pages-the section of the social networking site dedicated to communities of professionals based on common interests, experiences, affiliations and goals. This update, rolling to users out throughout this week, is the first major facelift for LinkedIn since Groups launched in August 2009.

[ 5 LinkedIn Groups to Boost Your Social Media Savvy]

The changes are intended to make Groups easier to use, highlight popular discussions and recognize users who add the most value to groups each week. Here's a rundown of what you can expect to see.

1. Streamlined, more personal presentation of discussions.

LinkedIn is changing the presentation of the discussion threads to make them easier to read and more personal. "We've made the conversations within groups similar to face-to-face professional interactions by removing the wall between original remarks and off-site content such as shared news articles," says Ian McCarthy, principal product manager at LinkedIn.

[Want more LinkedIn tips and tricks? Check out " LinkedIn Tips: Getting More from the Social Networking Service."]

With the new design, you can also roll over the images of the last three participants on any thread to see comment previews and click profile pictures to jump directly to a person's segment of the conversation.

2. Easily track your contributions to discussions.

LinkedIn is implementing a new dashboard that keeps track of the discussion threads you've participated in, making it easier to monitor past discussions and follow up. When you click on your own LinkedIn photo, you'll see all of your updates, as well as what's changed in the discussions you've started, joined or are following.

3. Get more from discussions.

Another new feature is the group's "carousel," which is similar to Google Reader Play. This feature is another way to browse and participate in the most popular and relevant conversations, which include original posts, RSS items and links shared by group members.

Using the arrows, browse discussions and vote them up or down using the "Like" and "Pass" buttons. Or, you can choose to add your thoughts to the thread by clicking "Comment."

Finally, you'll notice a new box highlighting the "top influencers" of a group. These participants are selected based on who contributes to a discussion or group the most, as well as those whose contributions stimulate the most participation from other group members.

"We hope the changes to LinkedIn Groups will make it even easier for you to contribute and participate in a professional groups setting," says McCarthy.

Staff Writer Kristin Burnham covers consumer Web and social technologies for CIO.com. She writes frequently on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. You can follow her on Twitter: @kmburnham.

Read more about web 2.0 in CIO's Web 2.0 Drilldown.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesLinkedInlinkedin groupsTechnology Topics | Web 2.0Technology Topicsinternetsocial mediaLinkedIn tipsLinkedIn Quick Tip

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kristin Burnham

CIO (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?