LinkedIn is retiring LinkedIn Signal. Here’s the email I just received from LinkedIn detailing the discontinuation of LinkedIn Signal:
LinkedIn has discontinued a bunch of features over the last year. Just when you thought they were at their core product, they decide to discontinue LinkedIn Signal. LinkedIn Signal was billed as a “product that gives you a whole new way to consume information and news that’s most relevant to you as a professional. Signal is the first of many LinkedIn products aimed at making it really easy for all professionals to glean only the most relevant insights from the never-ending stream of status updates and news. In other words, Signal allows all professionals to make sense of the noise that surrounds them today.” via LinkedIn Blog
The five key features of LinkedIn Signal were:
1. Filtering of Status Updates
2. Status Update Keyword Search
3. Updated real-time stream of status updates with rich content
4. List of trending links across any relevant topic
5. Ability to see who’s shared different links AND saved real time searches
via LinkedIn Blog
The people who used Signal used it for finding job postings that recruiters broadcast via status updates. The thing is, very few people knew LinkedIn Signal existed. It was a great tool but it wasn’t a front and center feature of LinkedIn and it got lost in the noise it was supposed to prevent.
Why is LinkedIn Discontinuing LinkedIn Signal?LinkedIn will tell you that they are “continually working on developing more useful products and features for members” and this means they sometimes have to remove products to make way for newer and better ones.
I can’t help but wonder if LinkedIn realized that LinkedIn Signal was used by job seekers and was eating into revenue they could be receiving via their Jobs Center. Who knows! Perhaps I am just a wee bit cynical.
Here’s the thing: Don’t be too sad. Just because LinkedIn Signal is gone, you can still search for people, companies, keywords and jobs directly from LinkedIn’s homepage using the search bar. You just can’t search updates. But who knows, we may see that feature turn up in a future update.
Are you sad that LinkedIn Signal is being retired? How did you use? Let me know in the comments! Scroll down…
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