Today I came across two new features in LinkedIn which will definitely help marketers and pro-active networkers. And one negative feature.
Throttle Control is ON
LinkedIn is clearly pushing for greater revenues – many of my favourite work-rounds for search and connecting are now getting blocked. Have you noticed this?
I got blocked from searching for 2nd / 3rd degree connections on 10th May. That was because I had apparently already used up my allocation for the month! It renews next month. So pretty irritating….. Having said that, there are some neat work arounds and some new apps which I’m trialing in beta which may help with some aspects of this.
In the meantime, pay up or go away. The choice is yours.
Saved Search Alerts
I was doing some searches and spotted what I think may be a beta release feature in the right sidebar…. I was searching in “People” for a search string. And so I made a search alert to save that search. In fact I made a couple.
The saved search name i18n_rail was default applied by LinkedIn. Probably code for something….. suggestions?
It appears to be similar to Google Alerts but with less functionality. The options are only for weekly alerts and to be received by email which suggests this isn’t yet a fully featured roll-out. But a nice touch, especially if we are all going to have to pay to use LinkedIn Search in future.
Company page article title edits
While uploading an article to our company page I noticed another new feature – you can edit the title so that the URL link title is not the default option.
You have to be in the admin view to use this feature. And isn’t it nice that 140 characters is offered as the link text? Importantly this is only link text, not the URL or destination title. I think this will be great for improved keyword searching and SEO – plus those of us who like to write long headlines will have a field day!
Now go and try these – tell me if you can find them in your profile.