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That’s the position I have to believe is running the show these days.

I mean – what else could explain all of the recent events?

Answers – closed down.

RSS – crippled and closing.

Sending messages to your contacts through tags/labels – no longer functioning.

Let’s consider it…

Where the name came form

Reader Jake was commenting about the accelerating decline of useful features on the site when the title above came to me – it is almost as if there’s somebody with that title making all the decisions!

Have you seen really useful things added during this time?

Questions

It was always an interesting little niche of LinkedIn – a bit of a free-for-all among the askers of questions and the answerers of them.

Yes, you could just ask a question straight up and hope to get an answer.

Or you could use the Jeopardy concept and construct your announcement as a question. Consider: “I’m holding a seminar on the Nth of March, and want to attract the people most likely to benefit from Managed IT Services. Do you know what sorts of topics I should cover to address the most significant concerns?”

Answers

And you could display your knowledge with helpful answers.

And yes – if you happened to answer 462 questions in one week, you had your name on the top of a leaderboard.

(I do wonder what all those people do with their time now though…)

RSS

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and it is a great little thing.

You can watch for threads of a topic and click into the ones that attract your attention.

It was an easy way to bring content to a group.

But of course, when people clicked on the content, they went to some other site for the actual article…

(I’d guess that it was a leader in a “why do people leave the site” investigation…)

Sending messages

So an interesting and sad thing happened to me today – I found a very topical bit of humor on kxcd.com, and wanted to share it with people that worked with me at one particular point in my life – they would definitely get the joke.

I knew I had tagged most of my LinkedIn connections and could find them fairly easily – and did. (Within connections, you can add “tags” or labels to sort people into groupings) And the page even adds a handy “send message” button after you select at least one connection.

Of course when you click on the send message button, you get to a screen to send a message – but none of the recipients you selected on the previous page appear. You must use your entire LinkedIn connection list and scroll through and select them one at a time – the handy tags are not available as a sorting mechanism…

Sad.

I’m sure it was deemed much too useful to actually sort and efficiently message people on the LinkedIn site. The Remover of Useful Things stepped in…

I’ll find something again

It’s too bad that the people that enjoyed making nifty new and useful things have been overruled. I expect they’re having as much of a difficult time continuing to go to work – and I expect recruiters are having a field day. (We’re unlikely to ever know how real that thought is, but it’s interesting to wonder…)

In any case, here’s to the next fun and useful thing that comes along.

To your continued success,
steve

Steven Tylock

http://www.linkedinpersonaltrainer.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevetylock