Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Don’t resist #LinkedIn change, adapt!

itiswhatitisChange in technology is inevitable, all for the sake of improvement and progress.

Sure, I get miffed with LinkedIn too, just like you.  Just when I get used to a certain section or function in a certain reliable place, LinkedIn changes it around, or drops it completely. Yes, it’s kind of embarrassing when I am teaching and the section I want to point out has moved or disappeared since I last taught it, but I think we all have to accept this as a fact of social media life.

Case in point: years ago LinkedIn deleted the Upcoming Events section, which I used to like to post to for my and my colleagues’ speaking and educational events–shout outs to connections to catch the best people share their knowledge. Then one day-poof!-it was taken away. And waxing nostalgic, I miss it and hope someday LinkedIn will reconsider that decision.

But why fight it? Embrace it and find other ways to accomplish the same thing, or better.

How do I announce events these days? Well, I just adapted my desire to promote these into sharing them as updates from my home page. I did so the other day. Perhaps I get more eyes on events that I share that way than expecting someone to scroll down my profile and find the Upcoming Events section as was the case earlier.

What about Skills and Endorsements, you say? Ok, a story: a while ago at a public speaking session I made my usual comments about how frustrated I was with the abuse/overuse in the Skills section and I was interrupted by a woman in the audience who suggested I embrace the section positively and ask those who endorse me for a skill they know I have, in appropriate cases, to up their ante and convert that endorsement into a recommendation. I now include her admonition as a suggestions in all my presentations.

Moral of this fable: Adapt the seemingly not-so-good to the betterment of all.

Or, harkening back to Mr. Peabody, an alternative moral: “It is what it is. Make it better.”

1 thought on “Don’t resist #LinkedIn change, adapt!”

  1. “Adapt” is a great philosophy. But when a tool changes enough that learned behaviors and muscle memory fail that’s a productivity hit. That’s why Lotus 123 keyboard shortcuts worked for years (might still) in Excel and Google gives you the option to switch back to old interfaces (in Drive for example). LinkedIn — and Facebook and Twitter for that matter — don’t have to please their users so they change whenever it suits them with no thought to ingrained habits.

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