Linkedin Groups upgraded?

September 21, 2007

I started today reading a post about new features at Linkedin groups on the Vincent Wright’s great blog “Linkedin Business Discussion Index”.

 

Some hours later, I saw that the official Linkedin Blog also wrote something about Linkedin Groups new features: “What’s new in LinkedIn Groups? Learn more”.

 

So, when I had time, I enter into Linkedin.com and look at the new features on Linkedin Groups…

 

I hate to say but I’m a little dissapointed about all new features… I mean, sometime ago I wrote a post about a new Linkedin Groups version and I was expecting a really new and quite evolved new version of Linkedin Groups but to be a really bad man (maybe reallistic) what I see is just:

  • a new form to add dinamically new groups.
  • a “See all my groups” link on the lower, right side of your home page.
  • a better group management interface.

 

I mean, this is not bad at all, because always (and twice always) new features are welcome, but … this is the new version I mentioned sometime ago? or this is just an upgrade before a big launch of a new Linkedin Groups version?


MMLGF 6: Making Connections with LinkedIn Groups members

September 13, 2007

One of the most important features at LinkedIn is to establish direct connections with other people that let you:

  • Do business with them
  • Consume/provide services from/to them
  • Grow your network for future business
  • Grow your network so your chance to be found and find the right people grows too.

 

With LinkedIn groups your chance to find someone you want to connect with grows drastically. At LinkedIn Groups you are making direct contact with lot of people you’d like to meet like ones that:

  • Offers some services you also offer
  • Consume some services you offer
  • A possible client
  • A possible partner
  • Entrepreneur in your industry
  • Innovators in your industry

 

Add Connection - GroupIn the process of writing this series of posts, LinkedIn added a feature that is perfect for this topic… When you add someone to your network at LinkedIn, you always must say how you meet the guy you are inviting (Colleague at work, university), friend, family and a new one: LinkedIn groups.

 

These new choice let you add a user to your network without knowing user’s email address by just saying you want to add a user because you have met him/her at a LinkedIn Groups. This way, you can make direct contact with some business related people that you meet in a group quite more easily than before.

 

This is post #6 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.


MMLGF 3: Exporting information and generating alerts from LinkedIn Groups

August 24, 2007

Making websites with APIs and Feeds has its sense. When providing an API anyone could build great services over the website existing platform achieving benefits for themselves (offering new services for users on the existing website) and the existing website (promoting it). By providing Feeds, not only website’s information and data could be exported automatically by software components but also, and more important, could be read and used offline or at least, being disconnected from the source website.

Feeds give websites the chance to export information and consume external services automatically. Feeds consumers (web applications like netvibes.com or popurl.com and especially Feed Readers like Google Reader, bloglines.com or desktop feed readers like BlogBridge) let users a way to consume different website and applications information without going into websites but also, in some cases, exporting the information to see what they want or need.

As I mentioned in a previous post applied to LinkedIn.com Question and Answer section, filtering and combination of feeds is also very useful when thinking about LinkedIn Groups (or this “LinkedIn Groups” idea I have in my mind). But, wouldn’t be better for users to have Feed Exportation of specific user’s queries they need or want inside Linkedin, instead of going offsite with feeds URL and make that “filter and combine” onto other website?

Using Feeds from users’ queries and adding advanced search functionality to LinkedIn Groups would let find and export information like:

  • Questions from a whole Group
  • A particular thread (A Question and its answers)
  • A Threads list where some users had asked or answer (yourself, one of your connections or someone you just want to know what he is talking about).
  • Queries results I talked about on MMLGF #2 to get questions or threads:
    • Matching specific keyword search.
    • Asked/answered by your connections.
    • Popular threads.
    • Asked/answered today.
    • Asked/answered by some people you are interested in.
    • Tagged by you before.

But, feeds are not everything… we can think about receiving alerts into email inbox, LinkedIn inbox or even directly to our mobile phone. That way, we can be offline but completely online all the time reading feeds into our feed readers from specific queries we want and receiving some alerts into many different ways…

Definitely, with all this, LinkedIn Groups will be great!!!

This is post #3 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.


Linkedin Groups will have soon a new version!!!

August 21, 2007

while I was reading Linkedin Q&A section just some minutes ago, I found something interesting to say about Linkedin Groups …

I found on this question “What’s the prognosis for LinkedIn for Groups?” an answer from the Corporate Development Manager at LinkedIn, Steven Stegman, saying :

“It’s coming back in September–the new version should be pretty cool. “

So… maybe all my posts seris about Linkedin groups are completely useless  😀  Anyway, I guess it will be useful, maybe not for this version of linkedin groups but for the next one, or for another business social network 🙂

We don’t know any features yet, but I hope to hear some news soon.


MMLGF 1: Features that LinkedIn Groups must have

August 17, 2007

To start this series of blog post about “Making the Most of LinkedIn Groups Functionality” or just MMLGF I choose an easy topic to talk about: desired (or needed) features.

Nowadays LinkedIn Groups just have a name that is written into each and every member’s profile so anyone looking at your public profile can see you have “something” in common with the LinkedIn Group’s intentions you are member of.

What if LinkedIn changes that and give us, users, the chance not only to show we have that relation with the LinkedIn groups we are members of, but also to participate, collaborate and promote ourselves there? And also, what if we think about in adding value to ourselves when participate / collaborate / promote / whatever in those group? That way the more you are on them the more you get from there.

Going back to the features, I think it would be great if LinkedIn Groups offers us:

  • An easy URL to access the group (for example: http://groups.linkedin.com/groupName/ )
  • A group home web page or small website with some important information for group members and non-members.
  • A forum like the Linkedin Q&A section or even better: a Forum where people can talk, ask, answer and communicate in a free way.
  • The chance to upload/download some files (documents, pictures or whatever) about the group or any specific topic.
  • See and Search members
  • Exporting groups information (like feeds in nowadays Q&A LinkedIn section) so users can read that information from their RSS readers, mobile phones or the way they want to.

With these features and many others you can imagine, comment or think about I guess LinkedIn will get lot of activity back to its website while now goes to Yahoo, Google or Facebook groups.

On the next MMLGF post I will talk about “What we need to get and find on LinkedIn groups”. Hope you go on reading me and please just leave any comment you want so I know what you are expecting from this MMLGF series.

This is post #1 of the (M)aking the (M)ost of (L)inkedIn (G)roups (F)unctionality (MMLGF) Series.