New LinkedIn Profile – Not For Me (yet)

December 14th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

I still don’t have the LinkedIn Profile. (UPDATE 12/19 I woke up to the new Profile… yeah :)  Now, time to play with it!)

This takes me back to elementary school when I was always the last one picked :(

I’ve seen the new one, and critiqued Profiles for people who have the new one, but I really want to dig and get my hands dirty.

Do you have the new Profile?

If so, what do you think?  Have you played with it?  I hear some say “LinkedIn exploded my Profile,” meaning they messed stuff up.

I’d love to hear what you think.

  1. 6 Responses to “New LinkedIn Profile – Not For Me (yet)”

  2. By Jim on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I have the new profile. I’ve not yet decided if I like it.

    The demographics about my network are interesting – but not anything I could not gather before from searching on my connections. That they’ve opened them up to the world, or at least the world that can see my full profile… well, its interesting.

    Received notice I would get the new profile earlier this week. Its served as a call to *update* my profile’s contents – the top few paragraphs are quite dated. Now to choose between jargon heavy, bulletized list of accomplishments, or story telling. Now its a blend of the three and I’m not sure that’s ideal at all!

    I don’t know if showing my “following” sections helps or hurts. I’m not excited that it is present.

    There is a weird graphic on the right to depict “PROFILE STRENGTH” They present a circle almost filed with blue and the annotation “All star” but give no indication as to what would let me fill the circle all the way.

    LinkedIn now gives the ability to put attachments under each employer, but I’ve not thought about that yet – nor am I confident I have anything to present.

  3. By Carlos Scarpero on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I have it. I like the new section on a connection’s profile where you can see who they are connected to. I know this was present before, but I like this layout better.

  4. By Steven Burda on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I do not like the new profiles.

    Not too user friendly.

    - Steven Burda

  5. By Chip Hartman on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    A few random thoughts on the new profile …

    I like the new look for its “next generation” style — something that could be reasonably expected from LinkedIn as the premier business networking web site.

    I’m not crazy about the way applications have been transferred over into the new structure — although admittedly this might be just transition glitches that need to be worked out.

    Bottom line: Regardless of the page layout, you still have to communicate your personal brand on your profile page in order to stay “base-level” relevant.

    As long as they don’t 86 the Summary section, I’ll be a happy camper.

    BTW and IMHO, “I’m On LinkedIn – Now What?” should be a standard desk reference (print or online) for the folks in Mountain View. They could learn a few things from you.

    Thanks, Jason.

    Chip Hartman

  6. By Stephen Vetrone on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    There is a way to request a conversion to the new profile: Cut & paste
    Note that after you request the new profile, but nothing happens, remove added applications like Slideshare, TripIt, Amazon Reading List, etc…
    My conversion was immediate.

  7. By Jason Alba on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I did that request thing over a month ago… and waited and waited. I don’t think you need to request it – according to LI, everyone will have it in the next 11 days :p We’ll see…

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