Tuesday July 30, 2013
Here Are Some Linkedin Signal Workarounds That Might Help
According to LinkedIn, there will be no replacement for Signal. Apparently we weren't using it enough. I'm not entirely sure this is true due to the outcry of people upset with LinkedIn for getting rid of this valuable tool.
I emailed LinkedIn and this is what they told me:
“At LinkedIn, we want to provide a simple and efficient experience for all members. So from time to time, we take a look at our set of features to evaluate how they're being used by our members. Part of this process sometimes means we decide to eliminate a feature, so we can better invest our development resources in building more great LinkedIn products for members like you.
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a new functionality available to replace it. Your feedback has been sent to our research and development team for future consideration.”
Um…. Party line party line - and I’m sure they will.
So no solution from LinkedIn… But! I am on the hot search for ways that we can continue to search updates and will continue to share with you what I discover! At this time, fortunately, there are still a few tools that will allow us to see company page updates and job change updates.
One of the best tools for viewing Company and member profile updates is Salesloft.com.
I'm a huge fan of SalesLoft and have been sharing it with my clients interested in prospecting because it has a wonderful Chrome search tool that dives deep into LinkedIn. (Its called SalesLoft Prospector in case you were wondering). SalesLoft also has two other tools that those of us addicted to signal might find useful:
Job Change Alerts will let you know any time someone has changed their title field. This is particularly useful for job seekers and for recruiters.
News Alerts alert you to the updates from companies you follow. Not only on LinkedIn but on the web in general.
And then of course LinkedIn Prospector does a deep dive into LinkedIn member searches, usually giving you much better results than LinkedIn itself does!
Go sign up for SalesLoft today (It’s Free!)
Another stopgap solution is Nimble. You might know Nimble because is dominates the Social CRM space. Not only does it have a fabulous social CRM management platform, with probably the most responsive and awesome customer service in the world, but Nimble also searches updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Because LinkedIn shutdown Signal, the API is no longer working on Nimble to do a social search - but – as I mentioned - they have excellent customer service. So my Tweetchat friend, and Nimble employee Alyson looked into it and she found a hack for us!
- Join Nimble (the 1st 2 weeks are free!)
- Sync your accounts
- Click on the “Signals” tab (ironic isn’t it?)
- Click on All Streams
- Click on the LinkedIn Tab
- Use the Control F key (Keyboard search short cut)
While it’s not as easy as LinkedIn Signal – it will work if you are desperate. And Alyson told me they are aware of the issue and looking for a resolution as I write this!
Finally in our LinkedIn Experts Community on Google my friend Jamie Shanks mentioned a tool called TriggerFox. I've got a call lined up with Frank Falcone, CEO of TriggerFox, and I'll let you know what happens with that. It looks like this iPhone app might be another solution. You can get in on the beta at http://www.triggerfox.com
Let’s be Squeaky!
I don't think it'll help, but maybe if we all write [email protected] and let them know how upset we are that we've lost Signal, and if we comment on it in our groups, and if we start a discussion stream in the LinkedIn help section they might bring it back to us. You never know. (If, according to the letter, they need the space for a new program then let's just hope it's worthy of the loss of LinkedIn Signal.)
Coincidentally, I noticed that LinkedIn publicly announced its new program Sponsored Updates. I really hope they didn't get rid of Signal so they had space for Sponsored Ipdates. But I wouldn't doubt it.
What is your opinion? Join us on the #LinkedInchat (www.twubs.com/linkedinchat) tonight at 8 PM Eastern or on our LinkedIn experts group on Google or on our LinkChat group on LinkedIn or in comments below and let us know how you feel about the demise of LinkedIn Signal!