How to share a LinkedIn Group

July 26th, 2010 | by Jason Alba |

Here’s a question I just got:

I am finding it hard to find the URL for the two groups that I manage so I can email this on to prospective members. The only URL I come across is when I click on send invitations and the URL is at the bottom of the left-hand column.

Is this the best that LinkedIn offers? Is there not just a general URL for each group’s home page rather than having to invite people to register?

This used to be easy, in a messed-up-sort-of-way.

Now it is even more messed up, but even easier (in other words, it’s easy to get the link, but it makes NO sense how they’ve done it, and why they removed the link from where it used to be).

Step 1: Click on Groups

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Step 2: Mouse over the name of your group and copy/save the Group URL

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Step 3: Paste the URL in something (notepad, and email, etc.) and chop off the last part (the part in blue below… anything after the “&” character after the Group number).

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That’s your Group URL, afaik.  Test it with some friends (I did on Twitter and the response was that that was, indeed, my Group page).

Mine is this: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59081

Now you can email that to people, or put it on a blog, newsletter, behind an image, etc.

  1. 3 Responses to “How to share a LinkedIn Group”

  2. By Mike Grace on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sad they haven’t made this easier. Maybe they will catch on soon and fix it. Thanks for the post.

  3. By Ed Callahan on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Jason:
    There is an easier way. Go any group you manage and click on “manage” which is in a drop down menu set under “more”. Then in the left hand navigation panel click on “send invitations”. Then scroll down and you’ll find a “Group Join Link” which you can cut and paste into any email.

    IMHO, it’s still “hidden” and difficult to find, but this easier then your method, don’t you think?

    Ed

  4. By Jason Alba on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Ah yes, Ed, you are right. I was looking for something where the link was on the RIGHT, in a blue hyperlink format… that has changed… this is what they changed it to.

    It’s easier in that it gives you the clean link to share, it’s a tad bid harder since it’s more clicks than what I propose above… but both are relatively easy once you know how to get there.

    Thanks for documenting that :)

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