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LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn This afternoon, I noticed there's a LinkedIn "GlassFish" group now available and it reminded me of a couple things:

  • LinkedIn currently doesn't have a way to search for groups, but Jason Bailes has setup a LinkedIn Groups Search with Google Custom Search. Thanks Jason!
  • I created a Apache Software Foundation group on LinkedIn a few months ago. If you're a committer or member, you're more than welcome to join the group.

LinkedIn Groups don't provide a whole lot of functionality at this point, but I've heard there's big things in store for them. Chances are they'll be very valuable in the future.

Posted in The Web at May 20 2008, 02:16:18 PM MDT 6 Comments

Will there be an appfuse group..

Posted by reddeagle on May 20, 2008 at 03:23 PM MDT #

Good idea, I'll create one now.

Posted by Matt Raible on May 20, 2008 at 04:49 PM MDT #

I'd like it if LinkedIn allowed anyone to join a group without the "manager" having to approve or pre-approve members

Posted by Ryan de Laplante on May 20, 2008 at 08:39 PM MDT #

Ryan, I believe this might work for some groups (just as it does for some open source projects). However, in some instances you want to limit the group to those who meet a certain criteria. For example, for the Apache Software Foundation group, I'd prefer to keep it to members and committers. With an open system, we'd get recruiters and users too. I do believe it makes sense to let the group owner specify if it's an open or moderated group.

Posted by Matt Raible on May 22, 2008 at 07:13 AM MDT #

I meant to say it would be nice to have open groups as a configurable option. I realize that there are many groups that are invite-only. Thanks

Posted by Ryan de Laplante on May 22, 2008 at 07:15 AM MDT #

Several universities have taken to harnessing the power of LinkedIn as have many associations. Northwestern University, in particular, has taken ownership of a group and is actively promoting it to its alumni base.

Although LinkedIn Groups has clearly grown impressively, it's time that LinkedIn added features to the functionality. For example, why can't group managers communicate widely with a group membership? Seems like an obvious (and relatively easy) tool that would only increase the value of LinkedIn.

Posted by Joe Baker on March 13, 2009 at 02:57 PM MDT #

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