Sharing News on LinkedIn just got easier

April 21, 2010

Most of us turn to blogs, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and more when we’re looking for the info we need.  But just as often, we count on our colleagues and peers to point out the stuff we should read.

That’s why we’ve just made some incremental changes to how sharing works on LinkedIn. Here’s a video about how it works and a longer list of features and functionality around this new feature that you can start using today.

What’s new:

1. Public vs. private: You get complete control over who sees what you’re sharing, whether it’s everyone, your connections, a group, or a specific individual.

2. Images and article excerpt: The chances of someone clicking through your shared article are greater when you’ve images and brief excerpts pulled from the news article or blog post. What you share looks great, and you can customize it completely.

3. See and delete your own posts: We’ve all dropped a typo into a status message. Now you can quickly preview, edit, and delete before your connections see your creative spelling.

4. Easily re-share: Like what you’re reading and want to re-share it? That’s only a click away.  And share it with your connections, your groups, or individuals – or all at the same time.

5. An improved off-site sharing experience: Try sharing to LinkedIn next time you’re visiting popular news sites like the New York Times, for e.g. You’ll find that you’ll go through a similar sharing experience I just described above.

6. A new, short URL: A new companion to our Twitter Integration (that we announced towards the end of last year).

7. Attribution: The re-shared article will give credit where credit is due by attributing something you re-share to the person who shared it with you.

8.  Shared items on your profile: By choosing to make selected shared items public, you help profile viewers learn about your professional interests and expertise. Share often to keep your profile fresh and relevant.

We hope these features will make it easier for you to share and consume news as well as helping your connections find the info they need.

Want to try it now? Go ahead and share this very blog post!

And, please continue sending us your feedback either in the comments section below or @linkedin us on Twitter.