LinkedIn Answers: My Wishlist

September 26th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

I have been asking a few questions on LinkedIn Answers recently.  Here are three things on my wishlist that would make this a better tool for me. Note that I mostly want to manage this from my email inbox, not from the LinkedIn Answers page.

1. EASY View Profile: I would love the ability to easily view the Profile of the person responding.  On the email LinkedIn sends me I see these three options…. if they include “View [first name last name]‘s Profile” that would be AWESOME.  There’s room for one more link here… you know?

2. Reply from email. I haven’t quite figured this out yet, but in one recent question I submitted I got about 10 responses that I could hit REPLY to, and the person’s email address is in the FROM the right way.  It is VERY convenient.  About 10+ responses, though, gave me this email address:

Bleh.  That means I have to go to LinkedIn and respond from there.  In which case I also have to copy/paste my email signature (my preference).  I’d rather just manage it all from my inbox and NOT have to go back to LinkedIn to close the loop.

3. Threaded comments to reply. In one particular question this week (see it here) I risked a bit and potentially asked about my competition, or what was wrong with JibberJobber.  I didn’t ask those things in particular, of course, but the question did open it up for those types of responses.  And the very first answer says “use the competition.”  I would LOVE to be able to respond back to answers to my question… whether they are threaded one-by-one (my preference, or just look like another answer in the list.

I know I can “clarify my question” but that’s not exactly what I want to do. I want to have more of a conversation/discussion and respond to particular responses.

This would make Answers way more valuable to me (it’s already one of the top 2 values of LinkedIn).  And, it would make it more like Group Discussions.

There you go – these three things would add significant value to the Answers feature, which is already very powerful.

What do you think LinkedIn… pretty please, with a cherry on top?

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