Users Unsure Which Shoe Drops Next At LinkedIn

Well, you’ve done it now – it’s very difficult to determine just what will happen next at LinkedIn, opinions seem quite divided. (Perhaps LinkedIn is getting into politics and wants to start becoming unpredictable early…)

Here – read on…

Searching Seems Safe

But for all the disagreement over what will change, nobody seems to think that free search will go away. I mean other than having to pay for the nifty new search features, and not seeing much of any 3rd degree details unless you pay – it seems likely that you’ll still be able to drop some keywords in and get results.

Taking Time

But hey – it took me a full month to get these poll results tabulated – and everybody wants the graph sooner than later. (The notion that I was somehow busy with other things like taxes and a personal life is completely false, any resemblance is purely coincidental…)

Your answers were across the board.

Charts and such

From Pie charts to the classic Bar – this blog is following the money – stop in for a drink with me some time…

Last month’s question – visitors were asked to respond to this:

What’s most likely LinkedIn’s next big change?

Iname of LinkedIn Changes Poll Results

LinkedIn Changes Poll Results

Limited Viewing

While all of these equally awful options has some support, if you believe the pollsters, the more likely option is that free viewers will just stop seeing 3rd degree connections all together.

But I have to say – that’s still an awful thing…

If you see that sort of a change on LinkedIn remember one thing – you read it here first;-)

Next up – Pick a Number!

Ok – I have a long-standing theory about picking numbers.

I’m fairly confident that I can guess what number you will pick when I ask you to pick a number from one to four.

In person I’ve got a nearly 80% success rate.

Let’s see how it goes when done online…

To your continued success,

Steven Tylock


  1. What if they reduced the number of “free” invitations from 3,000 to 1,000 and then you had to pay for batches of 100 after that?
    What if they reduced the number of “free” connections from 30,000 to 1,000 and you had to pay after that?
    What if they reduced the number of “free” groups from 50 (plus subgroups) to 15 and you had to pay after that?

    They can’t alienate the rank and file members who provide the fodder for the recruiting engine. So groups are probably safe.

  2. Bruce,

    Interesting ideas – one issue though, LinkedIn has never embraced the indiscriminate connectors that try to build large networks. If they were to make people pay for the ability to connect or have large numbers of connections, those people could arguably make demands for actual services.

    My current hunch is that LinkedIn makes it as awkward as they can for people that massively connect or invite – as a means of limiting that behavior.

    But if they do – you’ve written about it here first;-)

    Thanks for commenting,

Comments are closed.