Linkedin Adds Facebook-style Mentions in Status Updates and Home-page Comments

Earlier today, Angela Yang, Associate Product Manager at LinkedIn, announced in a blog post that the professional social networking website will now support the ‘mentions’ feature that will help users to have better conversations among them. A feature that is very much similar to what Facebook and Twitter offers.

“We’re excited to introduce a new way for you to engage with your network through the ability to mention your connections and companies in conversations on LinkedIn,” the company said in a blog post.

How does it work?

  • If the feature has been enabled for you already, you can begin by typing the name of a connection or the name of company in your status update box or a comment field on the Homepage.
  • A drop-down list of connections will appear from you which you can select someone and complete your status or comment and post it.
  • At the same time, the person or company you’ve mentioned will receive a notification alerting them that they have been mentioned.

Apart from this, LinkedIn has also said that you can mention other LinkedIn members who are engaged in an on-going conversation in the comment sections of posts on the LinkedIn Homepage.

LinkedIn Mentions Feature

As of now the feature will begin rolling out to English-speaking members starting today and will be soon rolled out to all global members.

The new feature was earlier spotted by The Next Web member when he discovered LinkedIn mentions on his account this morning along with a tooltip next to his status entry box.

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