The new LinkedIn messaging platform has a clean, crisp design. Perhaps a hint at the new look of LinkedIn? Image via blog.linkedin.com
For a long time, LinkedIn has relied on a messaging system called 'InMail' - however this was always much more like email than messaging, which feels alot more like texting. Now - a little late to the game, LinkedIn has launched a direct messaging option - fast, casual messaging that works a bit like the features so many other social networks launched along time ago.
The new interface for LinkedIn's messages is clean, clear and allows you to attach images, GIFs, emojis and stickers. LinkedIn's new feature is only being rolled out to an initial "10 percent ramp to English global members," meaning that many of you may not see it for a little while. But tweet us your first impressions of it when you get a look in. The rest of the userbase will see the update in the coming weeks, the company said.
No surprises too that LinkedIn may be adding a bit of smart artificial intelligence to it's messaging product someday, as explained in re/code. “We're excited about concepts like intelligent messaging assistants that can help suggest people you should message or provide you with relevant information about that person before you start a conversation,” wrote Mark Hull, LinkedIn’s director of product management, in a blog post. “Or the possibilities with voice and video to make conversations more compelling.”
In recent years LinkedIn has held its position as the social network for 'like minded business people' connecting together, introductions and proliferation of thought leadership or business news sharing. Alongside this, LinkedIn has been one of the primary places to find and post jobs, join discussions, become a mentor and endorse contacts.
LinkedIn's 225 million members revolve around the 'relationships matter' slogan, LinkedIn topped a revenue of $972 million (£641m) last year. Who would dare to compete with such a giant?
According to The Times of London, News Corp is set to launch it's contender to LinkedIn in the next few months, following an announcement last night. The platform will be built around the same ethos of 'like minded people'. Alongside this platform News Corp will launch an instant messaging platform for financial clients, to challenge some of Bloomberg's existing products.