LinkedIn has recent made a number of changes to the functionality of its web site.
I’ll cut to the chase: I don’t like them.
The two areas where I see the most difference is in the group discussion section and when trying to log-in to your account.
The group discussion section, to me, used to be a place to go to quickly scan topics and information of interest. You could scroll down the page relatively easy, scanning headlines and then clicking on topics of interest to you. But it appears the brain wizards at LinkedIn wanted to copy the functionality of Facebook.
Now, when you click on a discussion you get a big photo of the person who started the discussion, another link to click on to read about the discussion, and buttons to hit if you like, want to comment or follow the person who started the discussion. There is also a section labeled “More” that allows you to flag as a job, flag as inappropriate or reply privately. You can also start following these people, like Facebook or Twitter.
I am not sure why LinkedIn wants to become Facebook, or Twitter. Facebook is a great tool, but it is a different tool. The same with Twitter.
What I liked about the LinkedIn discussion sections was that you could easily scroll down and scan what you are looking for. It was like Craigs List. The layout and design of Craigs List is boring. But it’s straight to the point. You can get on, search for what you need and get off. Now, on LinkedIn, the photo of the person stands out to me more than the discussion. The choppy way headlines flow in the article make it hard to read.
It’s just not user-friendly. It’s disappointing because I believe LinkedIn is the best of the best when it comes to social networking sites for professional/business purposes. I think most would agree.
Another new feature is that each time you log-in, it asks for security verification, requesting the user to type in characters shown to continue (known as a captcha). I am all for enhanced security, but this seems like another mundane step to get into our account.
I’ve used LinkedIn less since these changes. I rarely read discussions, as I find them cumbersome. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new changes?
If you do have an opinion, leave your thoughts below. I open to being swayed, if someone can show me or prove to me why these new changes are for the better. But If these changes really bother you, like it does me – contact LinkedIn (go to the customer service button at the bottom of the page) directly to express your thoughts. I did – and after about three weeks, they did respond.
LinkedIn is a great tool, let’s hope it stays that way.
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Matt Krumrie is a freelance writer, author, and Web site manager/editor. He writes the Ask Matt column for the Star Tribune, has been published in more than 100 newspapers, magazines and newspapers, and is the author of the new book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps. He is also a professional resume writer who works with clients throughout Minnesota and the United States. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org