LinkedIn Posts (articles) are awesome, except…

January 19th, 2015 | by Jason Alba |

There are two major design issues that LinkedIn should fix with regard to “posts.”  Posts are the articles you can write… for a while they were only written by “influencers,” but now pretty much everyone can write them.

I don’t know how long LinkedIn will keep this feature in place, but let’s assume it will be around longer than the uber-userful “Answers.”

Anyway, I love notes, except for a 2.5 things:

First, I want to see what other people write and contribute to an idea… and right now that’s a major pain (read: nearly impossible).  I read an article, I agree with some, disagree with some, and want to see what some of the commenters say.  But LinkedIn is only showing me the most recent comment. I can click to see more, but I personally think that is asking too much.  I think there would be more conversation (and more eyeballs, and more visitors) if LinkedIn looked at other comment systems and stopped hiding all but the most recent comment of each post.

Second, as an author of a post, I want… I NEED and email from LinkedIn when someone comments on my post.  Part of the reason blogging was so big, and now Facebook has developed a community, is because of the conversation that happened.  If you comment on a blog, usually you hear back from the blogger.  That’s because they got a notification, which was essentially an invitation to see what you wrote, and respond back.  On LinkedIn, I would have to go to every single post I’ve written to see if there is something new there… I simply can’t do that.  If I got an email with each comment, though, I would evaluate the comment and determine if I wanted to respond.  I would respond more often, and keep the conversation richer.  But as of right now, it’s kind of like a newspaper article… just some random thoughts scattered around with a short shelf life.

Changing either of those things would increase the value of Posts to everyone, which will increase the value of LinkedIn to everyone.

The half thing is really a whole thing, but I think it’s unlikely that anything changes.  It is the way that whoever-at-LinkedIn chooses what posts show up on the front page of LinkedIn.  They’ll put you there if you are an influencer, even if your posts sucks, and all the comments are calling you out for being a fraud with crappy ideas.  I’d obviously like to see this change… but I’m not the least bit hopeful it will.

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