LinkedIn, the professional networking site, now provides members with more features that allow them to connect better with their connections.
Apart from the usual status update, members have the ability to join groups and discuss topics that matter to them with the people in any particular group they belong to.
If you have a new topic to discuss within a group, you can start one via a group’s Discussions page.
First, go to the Groups section by clicking it at the top of your LinkedIn page.
The next page will show you the list of groups you’re a member of.
Below the group’s name are three icons – a graph for statistics, a quote icon for discussion, a bag for jobs and job discussions and a person icon for requests to join the group.
Except for the graph, the other icons will only show up with a number when there’s a notification such as a new discussion or request to join.
Start a Group Discussion on LinkedIn
To start a new discussion, choose the group by clicking its name.
On the discussions page, there’s a box at the top that says Start a discussion or share something with the group where you can type in whatever you like to talk about.
When you click on the box, it will expand and will show another box below where you can add details about the topic.
The first box normally allows only 200 characters ideally for your main topic. You can discuss further in the second box that allows 4,000 characters.
You also have an option to attach a link but make sure you know your group’s guidelines because some group managers do not allow putting a link to your website.
Once you’re done entering the information, click the Share button.
When someone responds to your discussion, you will also be notified on LinkedIn.
To ensure you get notifications, just click the box below the comment section that says “Send me an email for each new comment.” That way, you will know whenever somebody makes a comment on your topic. You can be the first to make a comment and also make sure to respond to comments that are posted.
Popular topics are shown on the discussions page and yours might show up there as well.
Your group may also have a section for posting jobs and promotions so do check this out. This is usually a separate tab created by the group owner or manager.
How to Delete a Discussion in a LinkedIn Group
If you’ve made a mistake and would like to start over, you can delete the discussion.
Simply click on your topic and on the next page, look for the More tab below your topic of discussion. Click the down arrow beside More and choose delete in the dropdown menu.
Then start a new discussion by following the same steps.
Have you found discussions on LinkedIn within Groups to be useful and fruitful for connecting and networking with others? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
Copyright 2012 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd
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