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This looks soooo much cleaner and the addition of real-time chat is super interesting but I don't see myself ever using it. No disrespect to LinkedIn but connections are too loose on the platform, with people I met once at a conference when I was 21. I'm afraid chat would be distracting. That said, I can see how it would be useful for others. Curious to hear others' POV.
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@rrhoover Loose connections are a choice. I only connect with people I could recognize or point another person towards (aside from recruiters...but even then I cull the ones that I've worked with and drop the rest).
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@rrhoover I think it's the other way around: people are too quick to accept connections from people they barely know :) As long as you do your curation job, realtime chat should be okay! Been looking for a way to nurture these relationships for a while now.
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@rrhoover yes connections are a problem and LinkedIn should have had some rigorous rules around it. As a working professional, LinkedIn adds zero value to me. At best it is monster 2.0. The platform has been abused.
@rrhoover Much much cleaner. I totally agree with you on connection being too loose - particularly for people such as myself who have completely switched industries. I can see how chatting with people from same groups could be useful but then again in a business setting chatting seems a bit weird... But all in all its a good change for LinkedIn.
@rrhoover would be great to hear from a LinkedIn PM!
looks more like an app. and also, wait for it, chatbots
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@ourielohayon I think the chatbots would be interesting. Though we might be hammered but lead generating bots, the use case for bots should be interesting here.
@tawanike @ourielohayon As with all bots, some are going to be useful and others are going to be maddening. It'll be great for lead gen, but I suspect highly visible folks or those with in-demand skills are going to be bombarded with requests from recruiter bots that are going to make the platform pretty unappealing if they aren't actively looking for work.
@ourielohayon do you have an idea about what are the changes for LinkedIn groups?
I just don't get it. What's the change here? I mean if you were going to redesign you might as well take the bar a bit higher. It seems as if LinkedIn trying to be Facebook but messier. I see it becoming even more spammy.
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@theelooper That was literally my exact thoughts. I was going to say that it doesn't look like much of a change. Its still cluttered and busy like crazy.
@_jacurtis Agree! Totally! They're doing this design just to create the hype for nothing since they mentioned they spent millions to redesign the platform. The ironic wow. But oh well I am waiting for the next big platform to shift from these awful experiences. They're too old for this creative shift of the 21st century.
@theelooper exactly! Kind of love the LinkedIn potential, but always feel disappointed when need to use simple tools like search, connections filter or a recap of my updates... Simply, all the basic stuff for a Working Social Network.
@theelooper definitely agree, this looks like they barely changed the look and feel, more that they took their UI from 2005 to 2013.
Is this only available for a subset of users?
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@odsamuels yeah, last sentence of the blog post says so - I nearly missed it too!
@balupton Ahhh.. thanks, totally missed it.
Wow. Big redesign looks great... Nice work LinkedIn. errr.... Microsoft!