LinkedIn Continues to Update Its Desktop Experience

Vp of product Kiran Prasad also offered a peek at upcoming changes

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LinkedIn Tuesday announced some new features for the redesigned desktop experience it introduced in January and finished rolling out to all users last month.

Vice president of product Kiran Prasad detailed the changes in a blog post, saying that they were based on users’ feedback:

  • Notifications: Now you can customize the types of notifications you receive based on what you find the most valuable—for example, birthdays, work anniversaries, job changes and more.

  • Trending Storylines in your LinkedIn feed: With daily curated interest-based feeds, you can quickly discover the most important developing stories in your industry. Check it out on your mobile home screen under the Trending tab, or on desktop, it’s at the top right of the homepage.

  • Search fields: We added back search tools to help you more easily find the information you need, including saved searches, Boolean and text field search (such as first name, last name, company and school).
  • Profile completion meter: You can now discover what you need to do to strengthen your profile and attract more opportunity.
  • Manage comments: We’ve added the ability for you to directly manage the comments you have on your long form articles, with the option to disable or enable comments.

Prasad also offered a preview of upcoming changes:

We’re not done. We’re also planning to bring back some features that we heard you missed, and we’ll continue to add new tools to help you make the most of what LinkedIn has to offer, including:

  • Top vs. recent in the feed: Giving you more choice over the way you consume content and stay informed with the ability to toggle between top and recent.
  • Expandable profiles: You’ll be able to more easily view details of a member’s profile, including information on past and present positions, groups joined and recommendations.
  • Publishing: We are going to make it easier for you to publish, and we plan to add even more insight into who shares and comments on your article so you can understand if you’re engaging with the right audience.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.