Articles by Jen Granito
Over 100,000 LinkedIn users have shared over a million professional news articles with their groups and connections, since we started offering the news sharing feature. We’ve received a ton of great feedback on the feature, with some of our users mentioning how inconvenient it was to participate in a group conversation given the additional step of returning to the news discussion page to leave a comment.
We’re now incorporating some of these suggestions we gathered, starting with the ActionBar. Moving forward, any user who clicks through an article shared on a LinkedIn group will be able to share and comment directly from the news article. You can also discover related news content through the same toolbar, without having to switch back and forth between the news discussion page (on LinkedIn) and the news article.
In November 2008, we launched LinkedIn Events – a product that enabled users to add an event and/or RSVP to an existing event. LinkedIn would let their network know they were attending by sending out a network update and displaying the event as a badge on their profile. Moving forward, we have made it even easier to find what events your professional contacts are attending or speaking at.
We have put together an experience that many users have been asking for: a way to see what events your connections are attending. Also on the new LinkedIn Events home page is a list of the most popular events in your industry, the events that you have RSVP’d to, all event related network updates, and the ability to search all of our events, add an event, or express interest in enhanced event listings.
Since we launched news sharing in groups, users have shared nearly a million articles with professional colleagues.
The obvious desire for people to share and discuss news with their peers begged for us to develop more ways for people to collaborate on the numerous streams of news intelligence coming from publishers and bloggers.
A couple of months ago, we announced the ability for groups to have discussions on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is now hosting hundreds of thousands of interesting discussions. We continue to build on the promise of allowing a richer experience within groups this week by launching a feature that allows you to share and discuss news articles within LinkedIn groups.
To share a news article with your LinkedIn Groups, click on “Submit a new article” and enter the URL you would like to share.
During the summer of 2008, LinkedIn participated in the Palo Alto city coed softball league. We faced some fierce competition, playing against teams representing other companies.
The LinkedIn team was composed of all skill levels, including some first time cricket to softball converts who knew exactly how to crush the ball and some fast-pitch softball players learning how to adjust to hitting a ball coming at your at 10mph instead of 60. Regardless of skill level, everyone was an all-star when it came to finding Oasis Bar and Grill after the games.
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