LinkedIn Events

November 17th, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I’m not much for blogging about new features in LinkedIn right away, mostly because you can get that info from the LinkedIn blog, and because I’d rather talk about things once they have traction behind them.  But, LinkedIn Events is pretty significant, and I wanted to share a few observations.

Events show up on my homepage, on the right hand column, down quite a ways.  This is what I see by default:

I have no idea why the three events are in NY, NY and OH, … just a few hours flight away from where I am!  I even clicked on “See more” and changed the location to my locality, but it still shows these events on my home page.

Right now it looks like there are 1,225 events.  I’m not sure if there are others I can’t see… but that’s not very many events added, considering LinkedIn has over 30 million signups.  I’m guessing once they give Events better placement and advertising it will explode.

You can add your own event.  There’s this image, or up at the top you’ll see the “Add an Event” tab.

My first thought was that this was a “Facebook me too” play, but for the LinkedIn users who don’t use Facebook, I think this is going to be quite powerful.  I hope it gets better placement in the site.  What do you think?

  1. 4 Responses to “LinkedIn Events”

  2. By Jan Vermeiren on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Jason,

    I agree with you that this can be a powerful extra tool on LinkedIn.

    But as you say: it needs better placement. Now people almost stumble accidentally over it.

    I’m curious what else LinkedIn is going to add and at which pace: first applications, now events in two weeks time. I hope they won’t add much extra features anymore because otherwise people will feel overwhelmed like on Facebook or Ecademy.

    To be continued I guess :-)


  3. By Adam Austin on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply

    I was quite impressed with the relevance (to my industry) of the events that were returned when I first checked out LinkedIn events. I was expecting it to be a similar experience to groups – difficult to find anything of relevance, without having to click through pages and pages to find anything of interest, but events seem to be very relevant, and easy to filter.

    BTW, Events are now sitting at 6,213, so perhaps that explosion has just started to build up…

  4. By Jason Alba on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply

    @Jan – I totally agree about adding new things. It seems like they are working hard to remove some differentiation between LinkedIn and Facebook, and I think they are going to see more crap content because of it.

    @Adam, I see 6,217 … I wonder what caused the jump (I wrote this a few nights ago).

  5. By Lisa Hendrickson on Nov 18, 2008 | Reply

    I just tested it and it said it sent an email to all of my contacts…I hope that’s true LOL..but not as I had something wrong in the info box. Oops…It crashed on me twice before I got it to go through too.

    I am betting the top events pay for the blast.

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