New LinkedIn Inbox
On September 1st, LinkedIn started their roll-out of the new messaging experience. In typical LinkedIn style, the new platform has begun rolling out to English speaking members first on iOS, Android, and Desktop, with other languages coming soon.
The purpose is to enable easier and lighter-weight conversations within your network. The idea is to keep the conversations going with easy back and forth messaging.
States Mark Hull, LinkedIn Director of Product Management, “We’ve taken a thoughtful approach to reflect the evolving ways professionals are communicating with one another today, as well as, the different ways our members are interacting with each other across our international markets.”
I know what you’re thinking… it looks like WhattsApp and Facebook’s Messenger format, right?
What’s the Same?
- You will still be able to attach files to your messages. But this format could be less useful for longer format messaging.
- No Premium level required
- Read the LinkedIn Blog post from Mark Hull here – New Messaging Format.
- Your messages are now organized by the people you are talking to. Sent, received and archived messages are all in one place.
- Your invitations have a new home. Invitations are no longer isolated in their own folder. Check it out at LinkedIn invites. The look is cleaner and more streamlined.
- You will need to press enter to send your message. Don’t forget to uncheck the box if you’re just going to the next line when pressing enter.
- In the upper right hand corner of the discussion thread, you will see three dots like this …, That is your ‘more’ symbol. You have seen this symbol on the mobile platform as well as many other social platforms. It’s becoming the universal symbol across social platforms quickly.
- Archived messages have been moved.
- Chat-style interface allows for easier messaging back and forth.
- Push and email notifications make it easier to stay on top of conversations that are important to you.
- You will now be able to add GIFs, stickers and emojis to reflect your personality.
- Messages are organized around the people that matter to you.
What’s to come in the future?
Hull, “We’re hard at work to explore the possibilities of how we will extend this experience. We are excited about concepts like intelligent messaging assistants that can help suggest people you should message or provide with relevant information about that person before you start a conversation. Or the possibilities with voice and video to make conversations more compelling.”
So, what are your thoughts on these new changes?
- Be the first to give to your new business relationships
- Always pay it forward
- Network with purpose.
Good luck and good networking! Remember… It’s All About Leverage.