LinkedIn has had a service called LinkedIn Answers for going on six years. Never heard of it? You're probably not alone, because there reportedly aren't that may people using it - at least not enough for LinkedIn to keep it alive.
Though as a LinkedIn user, I have yet to receive an email on this, Mashable is reporting that LinkedIn users are getting emails from the company about the service's demise. The publication shares this statement from the company:
"As of Jan. 31, LinkedIn Answers will be retired from LinkedIn. We will be focusing our efforts on the development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn. In the meantime, members can still pose questions and facilitate professional discussions through other popular LinkedIn channels including LinkedIn Polls, Groups, or status update."
Q&A site Quora (though it's looking to expand its own offerings beyond Q&A) added a new LinkedIn connectivity feature last month, enabling users to directly share their Quora contributions on their LinkedIn profiles.
“Quora is a place where people share a wide range of knowledge and experience with others, and many users have already shared stories about professional opportunities they’ve received due to their contributions on the site,” a spokesperson for Quora told WebProNews. “Now, with the use of LinkedIn’s new profile, Quora is making it easier to share your answers with your professional network to demonstrate your expertise and to give a fuller picture of your professional biography and identity.”
LinkedIn announced last week that it has surpassed 200 million members.