LinkedIn Giveth and LinkedIn Taketh Away…

By: Viveka Monday November 28, 2011 comments Tags: LinkedIn Pet Peeves

More Changes in LinkedIn Groups


LinkedIn Giveth:

You can now invite people in Facebook to a group (although not one you own) on LinkedIn.  If you own the group you get the usual "Share on LinkedIn / Invite others" options under the "Share Group"  Tab.

Granted, I tried to share a group I belong to on Facebook 3 times this morning and it didn’t work.  I’m wondering if this is LinkedIn’s indication that they will be making the foray into Facebook integration.  (Crap!  More meaningless jibber jabber on my home page!)

LinkedIn Taketh Away:

This morning my friend Ephraim Gopin (@FundRaisinFun) pointed out that LinkedIn has, once again, limited our ability to share information from our groups.  It used to be that any group owner or member could send a customized message with a customized subject line to their connections, about the group, inviting them to join.  LinkedIn just took that away.

As a group owner you used to be able to click on the manage button and then send a customized invitation.  Now LinkedIn writes it for you. (The same restrictions apply to a member sending an invitation as well.)

This is what LinkedIn says:

I just don’t get it.  Wouldn’t it be better to be able to send a customized message rather than some generic form?  Isn’t that the whole point of networking?  Personal communication?  Isn’t that the whole point of LinkedIn?

I suppose that a few spammers were using groups to send junk to their network, but if that is the case, then you’d think LinkedIn would have instilled other limitations.


Send an announcement to your group once a week

Sent a private message to any member.

It’s just the invitations that have been restricted.

If you see anything else acting funky, or discover any other new changes on LinkedIn, please let me know.  I’d love to share it with my network.

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