The Linkedin groups update and issues Linkedin users should be aware of today 18th Sept 2018 include:

The group status changed standard to unlisted

  1. Many group managers changed them from standard to unlisted to suspend the group until the changes are completed.
  2. Rather than deal with issues related to new joiners who spam, it was easier to restrict group new joiner access. Do you remember the recent 50+ “free report” or “download these PowerPoint templates” offers?
  3. Users now cannot see many groups with good management as they cannot be searched. The largest we know of is c.800,000 members which went unlisted.

Reporting a comment

  1. The group member reported post on a single report no-longer goes to moderation by the group owner or manager for review. As a result it is deleted by Linkedin automatically if reported 3 times.
  2. Users will report a comment to get it deleted in discussions because it is a useful tactic to stop an opposing viewpoint being made.

Posts for discussions no-longer have a title

  1. Some group managers inform their members to post titles in capitals ( THE ROLLS ROYCE ENGINE BLADE LIFE COULD BE IMPROVED IF:).
  2. More content will be posted by users who add a question onto the picture because it avoids spam controls and promotes visibility. Canva helps this trend and is a great tool to use for free.

Like button feature not working properly

  1. User experiences are odd and random including previous cache items or posts in discussions appearing as a pop-up window.
  2. Linkedin users use the repeated like click two or three times to get it to work.

Some form of mouse click messaging trial

  1. This is a strange circumstance or event because it “smacks” of complete user control through AI moderation. A user will get a warning about “please stop posting negative comments about …..” or similar.
  2. Users will not know if this is a customer service agent spying on them or not. The message appears because of the active current logged-in session setting. No comment was made of its use by Linkedin, it is believed to be a trial.

Linkedin featured post option removal means:

  1. The removal in many groups of the “introduce yourself” sticky post for new group members. A practice in some groups for over 6 years. Users will not be able to find it and no solution by Linkedin has yet been provided.
  2. The featured discussion post will not be seen, many Group Managers would highlight great discussions or topics worthy of discussion this way.
  3. For those in the active conversation, those members need to join via their notification stream in their main profile if their group notification setting is on, if off, you will not be updated.

Group activity and new conversation number deleted

  1. Users cannot see which group is managed and active any more simply by looking at this information.
  2. No advice from Linkedin as to this being permanent or temporary has been provided to anyone.

Group owners can now add a group logo picture back to group profile

  1. This was removed as a badge in the profile valued by many members of exclusive groups.
  2. It appears to be back with no formal update as to its logo sizing, use and visibility by Linkedin.

Groups change to “Communities” process halted

  1. This may be temporary
  2. The groups access will change if the re-naming goes ahead. Communities can be found on the home profile page on the top left section. Linkedin users will not be able to access groups using the “waffle” on the top ribbon bar which is current.

Groups widespread adoption of # hashtags

  1. The new trend following its use on personal or company product pages seems to have little or no known benefit for Linkedin Groups use.
  2. Users received no communication on Twitter # trend or the fact they can use @Mike to refer to group members ( upper case first letter of name to see list).
  3. Over use of # could result in software patent infringements filed in the USA as this area of use has not been legally tested yet.

Linkedin users are asking group managers about  “Terms of Use” and “Privacy Agreements”

  1. The Linkedin platform changes, promotion of advertising and sharing of data is a Linkedin or Microsoft customer customer service and communication of changes to users problem.
  2. Few know the customer service process so contact a group manager they have known for years. Path of least resistance.

Calendly promotion of Linkedin and vice-versa

  1. Linkedin group project change managers and all staff use Calendly for issue management and appointment management and promote its use.
  2. It seems a robust tool hence mention with a clean no-affiliate link. Linkedin users may want to consider its use and maybe it will be integrated into Linkedin or purchased by Microsoft to replace Outlook.

Linkedin groups have been deleted

  1. You may as a user seen a number of groups which have been deleted by group owners. You were not blocked, they simply disappeared.
  2. Announcements and group manager communication tools were removed and have been unstable for years. It is likely a a good group manager will have messaged you, please check your spam folders.

Group members applying to join a group placed in suspended animation

  1. It seems like you sit between the old platform structure because the new world is not ready for you. Group Managers cannot see your names, you are not listed for approval and it is a known by Linkedin fault.
  2. As a Linkedin user you are clueless of your limbo land status. In one of my groups new joiners total 303 people with no means to advise them of the problem nor to press a button “approve.”

Users should ignore the Linkedin Groups best practice guide

  1. The guide is written by a Linkedin employee not a person with high user experiences, the content probably does lack substance for many readers.
  2. Regular Linkedin users are certainly respectful, honest and noteworthy about their use of Linkedin and norms of behaviour in one group vary from another. They guide how a group prospers and members interact with each other.It  is not written from those deeper perspectives.

As time permits and the group or Linkedin platform changes occur, we will make further updates. Linkedin integrates as part of an unknown plan into Microsoft so there will be more changes for users to love or fall out of love with Linkedin I am sure.

The worry is that it is too late to put a plaster on this after the debacle for groups in 2015 and that Linkedin Groups will go the way of Linkedin Pulse a few years ago.

Thanks for taking time to read the post and from your Linkedin user perspective, do you have any thoughts you would like to share as a comment with others?