Four LinkedIn features you should know about

LinkedIn is quickly becoming a favourite social media platform – accessible to all, not just the business crowd! Originally designed to connect professionals with jobseekers, the platform has now become an effective tool to network across the world, expand knowledge, share topics you’re passionate about and grow your own personal profile and brand.

No different from any other social media platform, LinkedIn is ever evolving. It can be a challenge to stay up to date with the latest features, algorithm updates, and changes but it is so important to do so.

Here are four features on LinkedIn that you should know about:

 

  1. Creator Mode

Creator mode is a profile setting that gives you more ways to engage with your audience by enabling access to select tools. This feature allows you to share your profile topics and hashtags that you post about the most, making it easier for other LinkedIn members to discover your content and follow you. Creator mode also gives you access to the following tools – collaborative articles, LinkedIn Live, audio events, newsletters, and a follow link on your profile.

You can turn on Creator mode in your profile settings, underneath resources.

 

  1. LinkedIn News

On the right side of your newsfeed, you will find LinkedIn News. This is a ‘daily rundown’ of news delivered by a team of international editors at LinkedIn. This is a very convenient and quick way to see a top-line view of the latest stories. By clicking on an article from the list, you will see a short overview followed by a collection of member posts, that provide further information and opinions on the story.

Sometimes the best features are hidden right in front of our eyes.

 

  1. Top Skills

One of the newest features on LinkedIn is that you can now add your Top Skills to your profile’s about section. This feature adds more credibility to your profile and emphasizes specific skills you want to highlight, resulting in a better chance of being contacted by hiring managers as they can see specific skills you are highly qualified in.

This is a great feature to utilise if you are looking for work.

 

  1. LinkedIn Showcase Page

The Showcase Page is a great feature to utilize on your LinkedIn company profile. It works like an add-on feature and provides you with a custom template to spotlight a particular area of your business such as a service, product or sub-brand. You can create up to ten showcase pages, and there are many options to tailor each one to your liking. If your company offers a range of products or services, then showcasing pages is an effective way of segmenting your audience and delivering bespoke content to each.

A must-have feature for businesses on LinkedIn.

 

LinkedIn is continually advancing its features in ways that open up further opportunities for its users, and we are excited for its future.

Flying the nest – what does Twitter’s rebrand to X mean for social media?

On 23 July we said ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to Twitter.

Since Elon Musk’s infamous takeover back in October 2022, the established social platform has been undergoing changes. The most significant so far being its controversial rebranding to X, which has seen the platform ditch its iconic blue bird logo in favour of a black and white X.

The announcement was made after the X logo was projected onto the side of the San Francisco headquarters on the evening of the 23 July, and this new identity came after it was announced that users were going to be capped on the number of posts, they can read on the app each day.

CEO Linda Yaccarino, announced how X Corp (formerly Twitter, Inc) plans to make X ‘the future state of unlimited interactivity’ with the app now being ‘centred in audio, messaging, payments/banking – creating a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities.’

She claims that there is ‘no limit to this transformation’, setting new goals for the company to transform the platform into an ‘everything app’, to reshape the brand into a ‘global town square’.

Musk’s idea of creating an ‘everything app’ has been inspired by the Chinese app – WeChat – which has a very different approach to other traditionally used social channels. It has all features in one place including messaging, social, video calls, payment, and mini apps encouraging users to be loyal in using the platform for multiple purposes.

The app remains popular with over one billion active monthly users and at present it’s functions remain the same as Twitter. As X evolves, it’ll be interesting to see how things develop as new competitors such as Threads and the Tik Tok text post feature come to the fore.

Scanning the social and news scape, it’s clear many are questioning the rebrand and how much planning actually took place with Domain Name Systems (DNS) not even up to date, suggesting Musk was too eager to launch. The basic precautions for registering similar domains had not been taken and are putting many users at risk of computer bugging, hacking, and having their personal data leaked.

With very little confirmed information on the future of X, we’re unsure how quickly rumoured changes will start to be introduced, but Musk has said that the app will be powered by AI, connecting us in ways we can only begin to imagine.

We can likely expect the most immediate change to be adapting the current retweeting function with plenty more on the horizon