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LinkedIn Gives Group Managers New Powers

Six Features Added to LinkedIn Groups, More to Come

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LinkedIn has launched some improvements to how groups are moderated. There are six basic changes.

Group managers can now delete threads directly. This helps them actively fight spam by deleting content from the "more" tab in the thread.

Managers can also set up email notifications for new groups posts. "If you want to clean out spam the minute it’s posted, as a group manager you can now get email alerts for every new post and delete spam straight from these emails," says LinkedIn’s Ian McCarthy.

Users can subscribe to alerts from the activity option in "my settings".

Managers can now delete inappropriate posts right from email updates, adding some convenience to the process. Managers and moderators will also soon be able to remove, block, and delete all contributions from one spammer right from the email.

LinkedIn has made it easier to find and encourage group members to assist in moderation.

Managers can encourage members to flag inappropriate content. "We also wanted to make it easier for all members of your group to help you weed out spam and inappropriate content," says McCarthy. "All posts and comments flagged as inappropriate by group members will be added to the group managers’ new moderation queue. In one swift move, you can delete or clear flags from posts as well as blacklist spammers with the powerful ‘remove member, block & delete contributions’ button."

Finally, managers can automatically delete posts by setting a limit on the number of flags. The default is 10, but this can be adjusted.

LinkedIn says it will be making more improvements to Groups in efforts to improve the quality of conversations.

LinkedIn Gives Group Managers New Powers
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  • http://www.cgservices.com Garrett

    powers to what?

    As everyone that has been on LinkedIn before June 22 of this year knows, the format for discussions has changed drastically from the list-serv to a almost facebook format… for amny groups, many of the features implemented have basically brought their groups to a standstill with enrollment as well as with discussions. The news section has been merged with the discussions and now the discussions section looks more like a junk pile of information as opposed to a section with a purpose and focused function.

    several groups have already successfully moved out of LinkedIn and are recovering from both the format change as well as the move…

    LinkedIn can give all the power it wants to the group administration but all it is doing is ignoring the demands of members and group managers alike… 70 million members is a formidable following, just as long as they can do something better with it than is happening now… otherwise someone will comeup with a format that is much easier to use, has a focused functionality in each section, will allow you to start a discussion with more than 200 characters and whose format will invite a higher level of discussion than that of LinkedIn….