What’s new in LinkedIn Groups? Learn more

September 21, 2007

We are very pleased to announce the upgrade of LinkedIn Groups. Today, we're releasing a brand new, streamlined group creation process along with a few enhancements to the group management tool. I will delve into the details below, but first let’s step back and take a look at the benefits of being a member of a LinkedIn Group.

Membership in a group affords users the following three benefits:

  1. Search: You have access to the profiles of all of the other members of your group.
  2. Communication: You have the ability to directly contact other members of your group for free.
  3. Badge: You have the option to display your group as a digital bumper sticker.

What's new?

I. Groups Creation

Let’s take a look at some of the new features. Creating a group on LinkedIn has become easier than ever before! There is only one form to complete, and this is what it looks like:

Creating a LinkedIn Group

Creating a new LinkedIn Group

When you click “Submit Group for Review,” our customer service team will process this group request and approve it within 1-2 business days. Groups on LinkedIn should be professional in nature, and we encourage the following types of groups:

  • Alumni
  • Corporate
  • Conference
  • Networking
  • Non-Profit
  • Professional

II. Groups Access

LinkedIn Groups is accessible through the link in the footer of your LinkedIn homepage. If you are already a member of a group, then you can click “See all my groups” on the lower, right side of your home page. Either of these links will allow you easy access to your “My Groups” page. The My Groups page is a consolidated view of all of your groups for which you are either a manager or a member.

The LinkedIn Groups page

The New My Groups page

III. Groups Management

We have made several enhancements to the group management interface. All of the links are clearly listed in the box on the left side of the page. Some of the functions you can do as a manager are (i) view the group members, (ii) invite and accept new members, and (iii) edit the group info.

Managing a LinkedIn Group

Managing a new LinkedIn Group

I encourage you to try out the new group functionality by creating a group today! If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQ, please feel free to contact us: groups@linkedin.com.

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The team behind (The team behind LinkedIn Groups | from l - r: Ben Guthrie, Brian Guan, Omar Lee, Yassine Hinnach, and Scott Schlegel)