Answers has been the #1 feature in LinkedIn since the beginning.
On January 17, as I was doing my New LinkedIn Profile webinar, someone made a comment that they just got an email from LinkedIn that Answers was going to be retired.
I heard people say they didn’t want Events or the Reading List (just one of many Apps) to go away, but I didn’t really care about those.
But Answers… wow! Answers was, for years, the only tool to help me accomplish my three purposes (share my brand, grow my network, nurture individual relationships).
Even after LinkedIn moved Answers from the main menu to one of the entries under the More drop-down, it was still very powerful.
The power came from various things, one of which was the ability to send my question (when I asked a question in Answers) to up to 200 of my first degree contacts, to their email inbox.
Another alternatives to send something to an email inbox include composing a message, but that hits 50 at a time.
Apparently LinkedIn wants to see the functionality and conversation move to Groups. That is okay, and Groups has become immensely valuable over the last 18+ months… but there is so much noise in a Group that people complain they are too spammy.
I think it’s only going to get worse (the noise and spam). Time will tell…