LinkedIn Gets A New Navigation Bar

    May 23, 2013
    Chris Crum
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LinkedIn continues to redesign various functions of its site on both desktop and mobile devices. Today, the company introduced a new navigation bar, which a LinkedIn spokesperson tells WebProNews is “designed to make it quicker and easier for members to find what they are looking for.”

“Over the last year and half we’ve had the chance to learn quite a bit from you about the types of changes that add the most value to your daily professional life, and we’ve brought some of these learnings to the new navigation,” says LinkedIn’s Amy Parnell. ” When approaching this re-design, we analyzed years of navigation data to determine which links were adding the most value for you, and which could be removed to create a more focused and streamlined experience. We also observed how useful Search was as a productivity tool, and aligned the search box with the results page, for fine-tuned search efficiency.”

“As you explore the new navigation bar, you will notice a few visually striking differences, including a simplified menu of tabs to help you quickly and easily locate the features and content that are of most value to you,” she adds. “We have also moved the search bar front and center to make easier than ever to discover and find what you’re looking for on LinkedIn.”

Settings can be found when you hover over your profile picture in the upper right.

The new navigation will be rolling out to English language users over the next month.

  • Charles Caro

    Whatever the folks involved with the redesign of the LinkedIn homepage layout explored while working on the redesign is all of the “Wrong Stuff” because the new layout simply *sucks!*. The latest new format rollout once again reinforces the suspicion the ultimate objective is to make the LinkedIn website increasingly “user-surly”.

    With the new homepage layout format members lose some very useful features along with easy access to things like the LinkedIn Help Center and the LinkedIn Help Forum. With the new layout the link to the LinkedIn Help Center is hidden on a drop down menu revealed when the member moves their mouse cursor over their profile photo appearing at the top of every LinkedIn webpage, and the “Help Center” link is actually labeled “Get Help”, which for many would seem more like a link to actually contact someone at LinkedIn rather than a link to the Help Center archive of “Using LinkedIn” articles.

    Another thing lost is the “Signal” feature, which was very handy, especially for members with large networks.

    Anybody involved with the development of the new layout ought to be fired!

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