LinkedIn rolls out a new desktop redesign

Arif Bacchus

LinkedIn redesign

Back in September of 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesigned desktop experience, and promised that it would be rolling out to its 467 million members “soon.” Today that moment has finally arrived, and a new LinkedIn blog post has announced that the desktop redesign is moving forward now to users across the globe.

According to the blog post, enhancements for the LinkedIn desktop experience include Streamlined navigation and a richer feed. With streamlined navigation, there are now seven core areas on the bar navigation — Home (Your Feed), Messaging, Jobs, Notifications, Me, My Network, and Search. Additionally, with one simple click on the “more” icon on the navigation bar you can also launch into other LinkedIn services like LinkedIn Learnings, Lookup, and Slideshare.

Richer feed, meanwhile, uses algorithms and human editors working together to surface the most relevant content from people and publishers you care most about. New ways for diving into specific topics, and trending stories will also come soon, meaning you will soon be able to find specific topics relevant to you and follow trending stories.

LinkedIn Search
LinkedIn Search

Other enhancements also include a real-time messaging system which is similar to Facebook Messenger, designed for giving users a more natural way to converse across the website.  An intuitive search is also part of this new experience, and there is now one universal search box to easily find people, jobs, companies, groups and schools. You can refine your search by using filter options on the right-hand side, with the ability to search posts coming soon.

Another noteworthy tidbit from the redesign includes greater insight into who’s viewing your content, where you can now see who’s reading and engaging with the content you share, including the company, job title and location of the people who are interested in your updates.  Improved suggestions also come with the redesign, and you can more easily see what you need to do to look your best professionally, for example, suggested skills based on what recruiters are searching for.

What do you think of the new look for LinkedIn? The experience is rolling out today, and will eliminate the old experience! Do you like the old LinkedIn better? Let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!