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As if we are not Facebook-y enough with the recent changes, last week LinkedIn added the emoticons below as their attempt at “a thoughtful approach to designing these reactions.”


The LinkedIn blog piece yesterday announcing this “improvement” is here.

Are business professionals supposed to lazily toss out emoticons and other symbols or can we just use words, like the highly educated professionals we are?

This is not an improvement, LinkedIn. I suggest you spend resources making it easier to use otherwise so more people actually want to use it more than once a month.

Dumbing it down is not what we want or need. We speak and write in words, not symbols, in business. There, I said what I feel. I feel better now. No smiley face from me.