Changes to LinkedIn Groups

big changes to linkedin groups

LinkedIn recently sent out an email to all group managers announcing significant changes to the way that LinkedIn groups are setup and run.

If you have your own LinkedIn group you need to be aware of them and choose how you want the group to be setup.

I received one for one of the networking groups I run – Women in Business West Kent.

“In a few weeks, Women in Business West Kent will become an Unlisted Group where you can enjoy these new features. We’ll never show a unlisted group or its conversations to anybody who doesn’t belong until an owner or manager invites them. Groups like yours will be able to become Standard Groups by using the Group Settings menu.”

Changes to privacy settings

There are major changes to the privacy settings of all groups.

Groups can be Standard or Unlisted. 

Standard Groups are findable in search and members can request to join or be invited by any existing member.

Unlisted Groups are not discoverable and membership requires an invite from the owner or a manager.  A padlock will be visible next to the group name to indicate it is Unlisted.

LinkedIn has made all existing groups Unlisted. This means your group will not appear in Search results. If you want to be found by anyone outside the group you need to change the group type to Standard in the Group Settings menu.

Unlisted Groups are not searchable by any search engine and only the owner or a manager can invite others to join.

Open groups no longer exist. Joining a LinkedIn group now requires either an invitation or approval of your request.

Visibility of Conversations. All conversations within the group are visible to group members only.

Visibility of Group Membership. Only other members of the same Unlisted group will be able to see the group icon on your profile.

This LinkedIn help topic details all the differences between Standard and Unlisted groups.

Standard group membership

Two important points here:

Any member of any Standard Group can invite their first degree connections (those with a 1st next to them) to join the group.

Any member of any Standard Group can approve new applications to join the group.

Posts are no longer moderated

Conversations will now be posted instantly to a group without the need for manager approval. This means that groups will need to be monitored more closely.

Group owners, managers and moderators can still remove off-topic conversations and place members in moderation and other group members can also flag inappropriate comments and conversations after they’ve been posted.

Promotions Tab has been removed

LinkedIn will use filters to detect promotional posts. Any new promotional posts will go to the moderation queue for the owners, managers and moderators to approve.

@Mention others in group updates

Now it is easy to mention another group member in your update. Simply type @ followed by the person’s name and LinkedIn will recognise it and complete it for you.

Adding images to conversations

Now you can post an image when adding a conversation to the group. However you cannot add an image in reply to a conversation.

Subgroups no longer exist

Subgroups will be changed to be their own independent groups. These may need to be renamed.

Less Email from the group

Now there will only be a single daily email or weekly digest.

New mobile app

LinkedIn have developed a new mobile app for Groups. It will be available for iOS on 14 October 2015 and the Android version will be available soon after.

To find out about all the new Features

For a full list of the new features read this LinkedIn help article.

To view a Preview if you don’t have access yet this article from Venture Beat includes screenshots.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these changes to LinkedIn groups? Do you think they are an improvement? Please let me know in the comments below.