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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.

July 23, 2014Published by: Fereshta Amir

Tracking Transience: a project tracking ALL the things

Gotta love Ted Talks for continuing to ask questions worth asking, in this instance: how much are you prepared to reveal online? We first came across Hasan Elahi's Tracking Transience project on the Ted stage, where he explained how the self-surveillance project has for over a decade allowed the FBI — and the public — to monitor him.

After a misleading tip linked this artist to terrorist activities - and an FBI investigation, he created a project that lets anyone monitor him. Full disclosure is given online; we can see where Hasan is, what he's doing, his phone records, banking records and flight data. As if this is not enough, there are also time-stamped photos of beds Hasan has slept in, toilets visited and food eaten - full disclosure in the true sense of the words.

We’re still in a transition between analog and digital, and for as long as we’re in this state of flux, we’ll develop a more sophisticated understanding of the consequences of living under constant surveillance. For now, at least, we still have control over what information we put forth publicly. Being mindful of how we do that feels like a good first step toward retaining control. - Hasan Elahi

This talk raises interesting questions and is well worth watching. Check it out below.