LinkedIn announced they would allow you to open a group so that people could see your contributions just by searching on Google (or any search engine).
You can read LinkedIn’s announcement about this here. Quoting from that post:
In the new Open Groups, all discussions can be viewed by anyone on the web, found on any search engines, and can be shared on other social networking platforms like Twitter, in addition to LinkedIn.
It sounds pretty cool (kind of)… sharing things out to the entire world. That’s what the World Wide Web is all about, right?
I think there’s more to it than that, though. I’m on almost 50 Groups (the limit) and I have seen many of them go “open.” I personally don’t care because I’m not active in the discussion, in general. But I’ve seen a lot of people write in and say they were there with peers, or people of a like mind, and wanted their conversations and contributions protected (not open to the world).
I have chosen to not open my JibberJobber Group. If people want to see what we’re writing, or add to the discussion, they can join the Group.
I think the best way to implement an open Group is to start is as open, not to change it midstream.
That’s just my preference – not necessarily the right or wrong way. Any thoughts?
(one more thought: if you put ANYTHING online, whether it is a protected place or not, expect ZERO privacy. I’m not saying that sites (like JibberJobber, for example) will exploit or betray or go back on their policy, I’m just saying don’t expect to have your private stuff kept private in an environment like LinkedIn Group, whether it is open or not.)