LinkedIn Groups – finally more functionality, but still not enough …

August 27, 2008 — Leave a comment

This morning I just received this e-mail from LinkedIn:

Dear Ha,

First, thank you for managing your group on LinkedIn. We sincerely appreciate the time and effort you devote to your members, and we know they value it. Together you have made Groups one of the top features on LinkedIn.

This Friday, we will be adding several much-requested features to your group:

  • Discussion forums: Simple discussion spaces for you and your members. (You can turn discussions off in your management control panel if you like.)
  • Enhanced roster: Searchable list of group members.
  • Digest emails: Daily or weekly digests of new discussion topics which your members may choose to receive. (We will be turning digests on for all current group members soon, and prompting them to set to their own preference.)
  • Group home page: A private space for your members on LinkedIn.

We’re confident that these new features will spur communication, promote collaboration, and make your group more valuable to you and your members. We hope you can come by LinkedIn on Friday morning to check out the new functionality and get a group discussion going by posting a welcome message.

The LinkedIn Groups Team

What will I get?

Discussion functionality should definitely be on any respectable community, so also on LinkedIn. But then again we also have that already in our corporate wiki and we have our different blogs. But I guess LinkedIn is more open for other people.

I’m also wondering what this new homepage will be. My first expectation is to get the following statistics:

  • overview of forums
  • overview of the newest forums
  • overview latest reactions
  • overview of most active members

So what about mashup?

As we at Componence use our own portal, own wiki, facebook, hyves and use weblogs on different places, I wonder if the have provided widgets. On this matter I at least expect LinkedIn to provide:

  • cutomizable alerting
  • flexible RSS feeds

And if they have widgets, then this would just be great. I would love to show some of them in our new Componence portal.

More, more, more …
Personally I would love to see LinkedIn to become more open. I have heard that they are busy to offer a API / webservices, but when will this be? I think enterprises are ready to use LinkedIn more structurally to offer:

  • more up-to-date resumes, use data from LinkedIn to build the resumes of employees
  • integrate profile data (why should an employee update his/her professional data again?)
  • showing the network of a person on the intranet
  • to integrate search for professionals in the intranet

Personally I have seen only Xobni using some integration and I think it makes sense to integrate more network functionality into collaboration applications.


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