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September 1, 2015Published by: Anton Perreau

LinkedIn Launches Messaging Platform

LinkedIn mobile messaging

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.”

To learn more about this new feature from LinkedIn, read about it on the LinkedIn blog. To share your own thoughts, tweet us at @battenhall.

January 13, 2015Published by: Drew

WhatsApp hits 700m users and 50bn messages daily overtaking text messaging

Messaging app WhatsApp's founder Jan Koum has announced that the service has reached a new high of 700 million users, who are now sending 50 billion messages daily, which is higher than global SMS market.

With WhatsApp-ing now bigger than texting, all eyes are on how the messaging app space will evolve this year, and also how WhatsApp will integrate with Facebook, its owner, now that it is such a formidable force in its own right.

In this graph, published by Business Insider, WhatsApp's meteoric growth can clearly be seen.

whatsapp-monthly-active-usersIn a recent media interview, WhatsApp's founder said he is aiming for one billion users - now that would be almost the size of Facebook, its parent. Brands should be watching developments here closely, along with the developments across the entire messaging apps space.