Menu
LinkedIn spruces up messaging ... and adds GIFs and emojis

LinkedIn spruces up messaging ... and adds GIFs and emojis

The company's messaging client has been redesigned with a chat-like interface

The next time "sincerely" won't do while writing to a prospective employer on LinkedIn, how about you try closing that cover letter with a big, round smiley face?

Buttoned down LinkedIn is adding a touch of modern to its messaging client, streamlining its design while also adding support for digital media like stickers, emojis and GIFs.

The changes amount to a significant overhaul of the interface for the professional social networking site's free messaging client, and its paid InMail service.

The changes make it feel and look less like a clunky email system and more like a mobile messaging app or group chat client.

Messaging now has a chat-style interface. The company said it has also improved push and email notifications to make it easier to stay on top of relevant conversations.

LinkedIn will begin to limit push notifications, for instance, so users don't get bombarded with them when they're actively talking with connections, a LinkedIn spokeswoman said.

Some LinkedIn tools, like invitations to connect, are now accessible outside of the messaging inbox. LinkedIn has created a page on its site that explains how the redesign affects various other LinkedIn functions.

The changes are rolling out starting Tuesday for English-speaking users on the web and in LinkedIn's iOS and Android apps. The new messaging software will be made accessible to users in other languages in the coming weeks, the company says.

linkedin messaging mobile LinkedIn
LinkedIn's new messaging feature in its Android and iOS apps, pictured Sept. 1, 2015.

LinkedIn admits the changes are long overdue. "The wait is over," wrote Mark Hull, director of product management at LinkedIn, in a blog post on Tuesday that was titled, "New messaging experience comes to LinkedIn, finally."

More advanced tools could be on the way, too. In the post, Hull expressed excitement over "intelligent messaging assistants" that could help suggest people to message, or provide information about contacts before users start a conversation.

Also on Tuesday, Facebook announced it is rolling out an intelligent messaging assistant for its Messenger app.

LinkedIn's changes do not relax its restrictions around who can message whom. Users must still be connected to message each other for free, or hold a Premium account to message others using InMail.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments