I don't come on here and make posts or comments much, but I was really irritated by this. Has anyone else noticed that you can no longer email group members on LinkedIn? I noticed it last week and contacted Customer Service thinking it was a bug. They responded to me saying that their research has shown that it's being abused, so they are now incrementallty rolling out the change to the entire LinkedIn community. It's really disappointing that they're taking away a feature I use everyday. I am a Premier paid subscriber of LinkedIn, and I'm assuming the majority of their paid subscribers are recruiters, so unfortunately we will all be adversely affected.

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wow
bummer
That's exactly what I said to my co-worker b/c quite honestly, with that change, we'll probably have to increase our plans!
smells like the ladders.com.  better be careful!

This could be a huge impact for them. The incentive to create groups on Linkedin will diminish, if group owners don't have much control.

 

Can't say I am surprised. Again, this is the problem with companies luring in with Free stuff and then having to charge people..It will get interesting.  Social Media was never FREE (it costs us time and now money too).

 

(NING started will all free platforms and ended having to change it last year)

Yes, they keep reducing the activity one can do in general for paid and even for free.  I would be careful creating a Group on Linkedin and having that be your primary way of attracting your connects too...everything you do on Linkedin is THEIRS..not yours and they rule.  I took down my Linkedin Group and now people must come to my own website if they want to review my materials and etc. ..I use Linkedin just to share on the discussion boards.

They are getting ready to go public as a company...so probably trying to get the revenue stream as high as possible before hand.

I can still email my fellow group members, no problem.
I have not had a problem...
The customer service rep that I communicated with told me that the change is being rolled out incrementally, so many users have not been affected yet, but he said that it absolutely is a global change and that all of the LinkedIn community will see the change sooner or later. I've loved LinkedIn b/c I've made a great return on my investment. I guess the change really irritated me only b/c it will cost me more!

Shannon, with their IPO pending, LinkedIn is most likely finding another way to increase revenues.  It wouldn't surprise me if even more free features are eliminated in the next few months

I just canceled my premium account- this is just silliness with all the ads they let people run for programs they are selling...I thinked LinkedIn in many ways has been oversold in it's value to headhunters. It's really never been the value I supposed it to be!

It's still working fine! It's juts that the "send message" is not showing in the search results. Instead they show "send InMail". Go to the profile and you will see the send message link. 

 

Irina

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