Just like a couple of other social media websites, LinkedIn has been pretty busy these days—updating and adding new tools/features to its platform. A week ago, the professional social networking company launched its own version of Stories. Apparently, the Microsoft-owned company wants to have a taste of a feature that has placed Instagram ahead of Snapchat—the original creator of Stories. Now, the company has started rolling out a new share box that will allow you to choose where and who sees your posts.
LinkedIn’s new share box is built in the same fashion as what we already have on Facebook. On Facebook, you can choose where and who sees your posts. It is a feature that works for Facebook because not all posts are meant for a specific target audience. Moreover, it solves a lot of issues, including privacy, which is one of the biggest challenges facing Facebook today.
You now have direct control over who sees your posts by making use of the dropdown menu below the share box. Click into the share box at the top of your LinkedIn homepage and start typing to see the menu option. Among options available to you, you can choose to make your posts ‘Public,’ ‘Public + Twitter,’ ‘Connections,’ or one of your groups.
In a help article where LinkedIn took time to explain posts visibility, the company said that a posts set to Public will appear in the following way:
- The homepages of your 1st-degree connections.
- The homepages of your 2nd- or 3rd-degree connections if re-shared, commented upon, or liked by your 1st-degree connections.
- Content search results for topics you’ve posted.
- Search results for hashtags you’ve used in posts.
- Your Recent Activity page.
- Your public profile, which is also visible to people who are not signed in to LinkedIn.
- Other sites off LinkedIn. This means that even people who are not signed in to LinkedIn can see your post.
- Your followers’ feeds, who may not be connected to you.
The new share box according to WERSM, will start rolling out in the next couple of weeks.
Last week, the Microsoft-owned professional social network platform introduced a version of Stories targeting students for now, while other groups will be added later. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it will build Stories for more sets of users, but is focusing attention on students at the moment.
‘Student Voices’ is designed to serve the needs of undergraduates in universities in the US. The new feature which will let students post short videos to their Campus Playlist, will appear at the top of the LinkedIn home screen. Unlike what we have in Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook where users are allowed to post pictures, LinkedIn’s version of Stories is restricted to posting of videos.