LinkedIn Launches New Home Page and Status Feature
Mountain View, CA — February 28, 2008 — LinkedIn Corporation, the world’s largest online professional network, today announced the launch of a new home page which includes a “Status” feature to allow professionals to communicate their activities to their network.
“The status feature will provide another effective way to engage and tap into the knowledge of your network,” said Adam Nash, Senior Director of Product, LinkedIn. “For example, you might let your network know when you’re looking for advice or needing to hire someone, or when you’re planning a business trip or attending a conference.” LinkedIn members who want to add their status to their profile can do so quickly and easily on their LinkedIn home page. Status information will be broadcast in the form of a network update to the member’s connections and will appear as a new element on the member’s profile page.
To ensure privacy, LinkedIn members will have the option to control whether their status is visible to their connections, their broader network of second and third degree connections, or the entire LinkedIn network. LinkedIn members whether they want to see statuses in their network updates. In addition to the status feature, LinkedIn’s redesigned home page includes several customizable modules:
- The Answers module showcases what questions your network is asking, so that you can directly contribute to the network’s knowledge and perhaps ask a question yourself.
- The People module showcases the contacts you can make through your network (by using the connections of your connections).
- The Jobs module showcases the jobs and opportunities your network can help you with.
Also included in the new home page is a continued roll–out of the LinkedIn News beta. LinkedIn News delivers news about key daily topics: a member’s company, products, industry, and competitors, drawn from more than 10,000 publishers and blogs. LinkedIn News uses the wisdom of each user’s “crowd” of colleagues to determine the handful of articles that are the most important to their business — the articles they need to read that day.
LinkedIn takes your professional network online, giving you access to people, knowledge, jobs and opportunities like never before. Built upon trusted connections and relationships, LinkedIn has established the world’s largest and most powerful professional network. Currently, more than 20 million professionals are on LinkedIn, including executives from all five hundred of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as a wide range of household names in technology, financial services, media, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, and numerous other industries. LinkedIn is backed by world-class investors including Sequoia Capital, Greylock, the European Founders Fund, and Bessemer Venture Partners.