The long wait is over for LinkedIn users. Finally, LinkedIn has added the now famous @ symbol as part of it’s standard functionality to mention someone in a post.
As Twitter and Facebook has done for many years (even Google+ has it), LinkedIn has joined the party and now allows the use of the @ symbol in its status update section. This means users can now mention the names of people, groups or companies they would like to include in their status update and similar to the other social networking sites that already use this, anyone added in this way will also get a notification.
On LinkedIn, the way to use the at symbol (@, above the 2 on your keyboard) is exactly the same way you use it on Twitter or Facebook.
When you log into your LinkedIn account, the status update box now states Type a name or @ to mention someone. Also, a notification via a small box with a quote icon says “Now you can type a name to mention a connection or company.”
To mention a person or company, simply type the name or type @ then a name (no space between the @ and the name) and a dropdown menu will then appear showing a list of possible names. If the name of the person or company you want to include in your status update immediately shows up, you can point to it and hit the enter button.
When I was testing this functionality, typing just a name did not generate a list of names for me. Using the @ symbol did, so maybe that’s just a teething problem. Best to use the @ symbol to make sure you do get a list of names to choose from.
Do remember that you also have several options in sharing your status update.
The default lets you share your messages and photos within LinkedIn only but if you have a Twitter account, you can choose to post to both LinkedIn and Twitter. Another option available is to share updates with just your connections on this professional networking site.
The @ symbol together with the hashtag are used millions of times every day today on various social networking sites. Not sure about the Hashtag? Read our previous article here.
Since its first use, the @ symbol slowly gained recognition until it was widely used in email, Twitter and other top social media sites. These days, it is considered one of the stars in the computer keyboard.
Will you use the @ symbol to loop others into your LinkedIn Posts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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