LinkedIn Retires Answers: A Sad Announcement

January 23rd, 2013 | by Jason Alba |

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’m baffled.

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…

 

  1. 6 Responses to “LinkedIn Retires Answers: A Sad Announcement”

  2. By Steven Burda on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Like I as always saying, Linkedin is not in the business of creating networking opportunities for its members/users, but in business to make monnnnney! Answers didn’t make them money, so the are getting rid of it. Did you write to Linkedin about your disappointment?

    cs@linkedin.com

    Have a good day,
    - Steven Burda

  3. By Jason Alba on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Why in the world would I write to LI about my disappointment?

    You know as well as I do that they have never cared what you or I or Scott or Vincent or ___ or ___ say or recommend. :)

  4. By Bob McIntosh on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I think they more people who express their disapproval, the more LinkedIn will realize their mistake. Will they revert their decision? Perhaps not, but it’s good to let them know how we feel. LI, if you’re listening, “I’m not pleased.”

  5. By John E. Bredehoft on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I have to admit that I haven’t visited Answers all that much lately.

    The only thing that would convinced LinkedIn that it made a mistake would be if people departed en masse and started going to other “answers” sites for business advice. Somehow I don’t see Yahoo! Answers filling that niche. And I’m baffled every time that I try to navigate to Facebook’s Questions feature.

  6. By Laura Labovich on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    Even though I haven’t used answers in a while, I always assumed it would be there for me!! (Like that neighbor you forget to call, but really miss when she moves out-of-state.) This, however, is much, much worse. Where is all of that intellectual knowledge and history going? Did they archive it somewhere for the world to still access? I found many of the closed Q&A threads to be valuable even after the fact. And, now where will folks go for industry and function specific business advice and solutions? Truly bummed. I think LI missed the boat big-time on this one.

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