LinkedIn Desktop Redesign

A complete redesign of LinkedIn on the web with chat

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#3 Product of the DayJanuary 19, 2017
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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
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.
Joshua Talley
Joshua Talley@joshuatalley · Sales Operations Manager, Grundfos
@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).
Wilhem Pujar
Wilhem PujarHiring@wilhempujar1 · CEO at Stacktical
@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.
sri@sridhar_kondoji · No Fluff Just Stuff skills tracker
@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.
Lara Noujaim
Lara Noujaim@lara_noujaim
@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.
Leonel More
Leonel More@leonelmore · I can build/scale your product
@rrhoover would be great to hear from a LinkedIn PM!
Ouriel Ohayon
Ouriel OhayonHunter@ourielohayon · KZen, CEO / Co-founder isai (VC)
looks more like an app. and also, wait for it, chatbots
Tawanda Makunike
Tawanda Makunike@tawanike · Co-Founder CTO @BuiSoft
@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.
Dan Wade
Dan Wade@dwade · Looking for my next challenge
@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.
Leonel More
Leonel More@leonelmore · I can build/scale your product
@ourielohayon do you have an idea about what are the changes for LinkedIn groups?
Tarek Besbes
Tarek Besbes@theelooper · Founder
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.
J. Alexander Curtis
J. Alexander Curtis@_jacurtis · Co-Founder, Yagi Telecom
@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.
Tarek Besbes
Tarek Besbes@theelooper · Founder
@_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.
João Santos
João Santos@thejoaosantos · Growth Hacker @ Storyo
@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.
Brendon Rell
Brendon Rell@brendonrell · Founder at Battery Pack
@theelooper definitely agree, this looks like they barely changed the look and feel, more that they took their UI from 2005 to 2013.
Riley Tomasek
Riley Tomasek@rileytomasek · Product focused software engineer
@theelooper they also managed to make it slower. full page loading spinners are not ok for essentially static pages...
Omar D. Samuels
Omar D. Samuels@odsamuels
Is this only available for a subset of users?
Benjamin Lupton
Benjamin Lupton@balupton · Founder, Bevry
@odsamuels yeah, last sentence of the blog post says so - I nearly missed it too!
Omar D. Samuels
Omar D. Samuels@odsamuels
@balupton Ahhh.. thanks, totally missed it.
Wow. Big redesign looks great... Nice work LinkedIn. errr.... Microsoft!