Articles by Sean Dawson
With the introduction of the Status feature, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the engineering behind this launch. Since joining LinkedIn in September 2006, I’ve been helping evolve the communications system into a highly scalable messaging platform. This release is very exciting for us as it builds upon the foundation we’ve put in place, making features like Status possible.
One of the key value propositions of LinkedIn is being informed about what your network is doing. This awareness can come in many forms: what questions are my connections asking? What news is my network reading? Propagating this information out to the LinkedIn network in a scalable manner is a difficult problem, but provides tremendous value to the end user. In order to support this going forward, we began to create a unified service that would provide network updates to users.