LinkedIn losing it’s sheen?

Aside from being “headhunter heaven” and a site that most business don’t block their employees from accessing online, I have never been able to find much technically to like about LinkedIn. The site resembles something built on old technology which makes forum discussion posts awkward to create, impossible to edit and difficult to moderate.

New discussion features recently removed the ability to flag topics as promotional which largely opened the floodgates for bloggers who create thinly veiled advertisements,

Weak forward guidance and the slowest quarterly rise in ad revenue for two years were to blame. The firm turned in a $8.4 million loss on revenues of $862 million for its Q415. That’s revenue growth of 34% year-on-year, while full year revenues were up 35% to $2.99 billion.

Via: LinkedIn takes a beating from Wall Street – diginomica

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

When Will LinkedIn Improve Group Administrator Tools?

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If you administer LinkedIn groups of any size you’ve probably noticed an annoying lack of tools allowing you to review questionable discussion content from brand new members  before it is posted to your group.

Due to the vast amount of spam and blatant self-promotion from new members  most LinkedIn discussion groups are forced to moderate new member content for a certain number of days. During this time any new discussions from the members are held for moderation and require approval before being posted live.

There are three main discussion areas: Discussions (the main area which receives virtually all of LinkedIn’s traffice, Promotions (self-promoting posts about member businesses – webinars, etc) and Jobx.

Unfortunately most new users mistakenly place promotional posts into the discussion category which can result in active members either leaving your group or complaining about “spam” in their discussions.

LinkedIn will flag new posts from members who have few contacts or are new to your group  (see image above) however the problem is many posts can include links to marketing “landing pages” or other “request more information” which you might require to be more properly categorized as promotions. Unfortunately LinkedIn’s moderation tool doesn’t allow you to click on those links before posting the discussion – which means that spam content is potentially approved for a short time and viewable to members.

What I hope LinkedIn will do is improve the administrative tools so that moderators of their discussion groups have something like a “preview” button which shows the content prior to making it live into the main discussion areas.

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Would You Like To Buy Lists of Software Users? Spam Invades My LinkedIn Mail

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Buying leads of software users from anonymous online distributors is generally not advisable. More than a few people have reported that they pay money for either a fairly low quality list or there in some instances may be outright fraud involved. Continue reading “Would You Like To Buy Lists of Software Users? Spam Invades My LinkedIn Mail”

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

LinkedIn Site Updates Begin Appearing

We’ve known for about a week that LinkedIn was planning to roll out updates to their web interface. These updates will arrive gradually over the next couple of weeks. My page was just updated this morning and so far, except for a big black bar at the top of the page, there’s not a  lot that I sense is new.

The words “coat of paint” come to mind.

Sadly LinkedIn does not seem to have added any really new feature such as allowing you to comment directly from their home page into group discussions you are participating in – instead you still click through to the group to make comments on discussions you’ve started or are participating in. This type of feature would be idea for those who are participating in discussions in a large # of groups. And why can’t those discussions flow through to my feed?

Perhaps it’s just me but LinkedIn’s design has always seemed about 1.5 years behind the standards of other top social sites.

LinkedIn say’s the changes are:

  1. Simpler design
  2. Important updates up top (on your news feed)
  3. More updates – less clicking (scroll to view more updates)


Sage Partners Gather To Discuss Change

A group of approximately 100 Sage partners (panelists pictured above left to right- Moira Goggin (Chismet Consulting – event co-organizer), Mary Abdian (Macabe Associates) , Doug Deane (DSD Business Systems) , John Hoyt (Hutchinson and Bloodgood), Bill Kizer (xKzero))  gathered today in Lake Forest California. The group was split about 50/50 with some consultants attending in person and others remotely (web ex) for an in-depth discussion of changes that have been rolled out to the Sage eco-system (margins, certifications, subscription pricing, partner compensation).

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From Hide & Seek to LinkedIn Group Meeting

Kudos to Bill Kizer for arranging a LinkedIn group meeting for Sage Parters, Alumni and Employees which at last count showed 100 people RSVPing they would attend.

Bill persevered in creating this meeting despite the software publisher suggesting a game of channel hide and seek instead.

Don’t you love social media?

The event happens Thursday March 15, 2012 and features a panel discussion with some top VARs, prizes, sharing, vendor presentations, networking.

There’s still time to register -UPDATE: Event has occurred. Read our wrap up of this networking event – Sage Consultant LinkedIn Summit.

LinkedIn Groups Get a Makeover

Early this morning one of the LinkedIn groups – Sage Partners, Employees & Alumni – which I participate in received an interesting new makeover.

Discussions have been greatly enhanced and brought to the front with large author cons prominently displaying beside each post.

It appears that LinkedIn has moved away from highlighting links that members may share in favor of one row of rotating shared discussion links.

Members now have the ability to vote on links that they like (or dislike) which will in return feature those links more prominently on your group’s home screen.

There is now a Top Influencers section which points ou those who start discussions that gather many comments from fellow members.

Perhaps most importantly it looks as if LinkedIn FINALLY did away with the ill-conceived feature which allowed any member to move a discussion from the regular posting area to the jobs section (the cause of many internal problems when well meaning members either unintentionally or intentionally moved postings out of sight of other members). UPDATE: Nope – LinkedIN just changed terminology – they still unwisely appear to allow any member to instantly move a post out of discussion and into the less trafficked Jobs. This is likely because many of their discussion areas a mess and overgrown with job after job and little readable content.

The ability now exists to flag a post as a job offer/inquiry but doing so no longer seems to automatically move it to the jobs section of your discussions.

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LinkedIn for BlackBerry Curve, Bold and Tour – Now Available

LinkedIn has just released version 1.0 of their application for BlackBerry devices.

This version works with OS 4.3+ and requires either a Bold, Tour or Curve model (that’s right – no Storm support at the moment).

The application is  quite good. The main benefits over the iPhone version being deep integration to the native BlackBerry inbox (try that on the iPhone!).

LinkedIN for BlackBerry resembles the Facebook for BlackBerry program.

The design is not as pretty as that on the LinkedIn for iPhone interface — though the integration goes so much deeper that you’ll probably want to use the BlackBerry LinkedIN version.

In fact I’m going to declare the LinkedIn for BlackBerry application as a key reason (for those of us on LinkedIn)  to use a BlackBerry. I believe it’s going to be an essential business tool for almost any serious BlackBerry user.

Here’s why.

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Dear Wayne – I am interested in learning more about how you use social media

wayne schulz bhWayne,

I really enjoy reading your posts and observing how you are leveraging social media. You have presented yourself as an expert on many topics–good for you!

I am interested in learning more about how you are using social media in your business. Do you currently promote products through Facebook, twitter and other forums? If so, I would really like to talk with you about the metrics you watch and time you dedicate to contributing and responding in these forums.

Thanks again for sharing your articles. Continue reading “Dear Wayne – I am interested in learning more about how you use social media”