LinkedIn wants current professional relationship that exists with its users to continue to grow. To this end, the professional social network is rolling out a new feature with ability to manage comments in your long posts. The feature or functionality was launched by LinkedIn on Wednesday, and will enable you decide whether or not to turn on comments in your lengthy posts. This of course, will be determined by your choice—whether you want dialogue with your audience or not, the company explained in a blog post.
“We continue to encourage two-way conversations on LinkedIn, and for many members who publish, comments are a great way to start discussions and can lead to broader reach. At the same time, we want to give you greater choice in the types of conversations you have on LinkedIn,” said product manager Heidi Wang in a post.
This may not be unconnected with safety measures being adopted by other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. Putting you in charge of whether you want to view comments in your long articles is same thing as putting you in charge of things. With more than 3 million people publishing articles on LinkedIn, according to the company, it has become imperative to adopt more control and safety measures.
How to disable comments in articles
According to VentureBeat, you can disable comments while composing an article by checking the “disable comments” option within the Comment settings. However, this can only be done when posting articles via LinkedIn on desktop. You can follow the same process to re-enable comment—but of course, this is also only through the desktop version.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a professional environment that encourages you to share your perspectives and thoughts on professional issues, we will be rolling out the ability for you to directly manage the comments on your long-form articles. This added feature gives you the option to enable or disable comments,” Wang adds.
LinkedIn acknowledges the fact that monitoring comments and taking necessary action requires efforts from everyone. To this end, the company is making it possible for you to “flag and hide abusive or offensive comments made on any article or post.” The way to do this [hide inappropriate comments] is click the “More” icon on the top right of a comment, click “Report” to report the comment, and make use of the pop-up window, tell LinkedIn about why you chose to report the comment.
With this, LinkedIn believes that it will be able to provide an enabling environment for everyone across its platform. This, according to the company, will enable professionals on the “network share and exchange unique insights and knowledge every day,” LinkedIn said.
Last June, Microsoft announced it was taking over LinkedIn business social service for a fee of $26.2 billion. Though, details of what Microsoft plans to do with the acquisition was not made public as at the time the deal was announced, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella assured that LinkedIn will retain its “distinct brand, culture and independence.”