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LinkedIn Answers Gets Pink Slipped

LinkedIn Answers Say good-bye to LinkedIn Answers. I received an email from LinkedIn today stating they are eliminating the application from its site on Jan. 31. Instead, the social networking site says, “we’re focusing our efforts on developing new and  more engaging ways to share and discuss  professional topics across LinkedIn.”  And it says more details will be available in the coming months, “so please stay tuned.”

I’ve been polling my social connections today, and the reviews are mixed. Some don’t care, while others are disappointed. I always recommended LinkedIn Answers as part of a marketing strategy because it was a great way to demonstrate your expertise in a particular subject by answering other people’s questions. So, I’m rather surprised that LinkedIn is getting rid of it. Hopefully, whatever they decide to do next will be an improvement!  Until that happens, the winner in the short term could be answer site, Quora.

For now, LinkedIn recommends that you share insights and questions in these ways:

  • Connect with like-minded professionals in one of their 1.5M+ Groups
  • Ask other LinkedIn members questions and receive immediate feedback via Polls
  • Follow influencers for access to insightful professional content
  • Facilitate conversations with your connections via status updates

I must admit, I did a poll in one of my LinkedIn groups about this very subject today and it generated a response in a very short period of time. Maybe polling is the way to go.

What do you think of this decision to get rid of LinkedIn Answers? Crazy dumb or crazy smart? Share your comments below!

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An online marketer, SEO copywriter, and speaker for 15+ years, Gloria Grace Rand has helped over 150 companies including AAA and Scholastic Book Fairs attract and convert leads into sales.

Losing her older sister to cancer propelled Gloria on a journey of spiritual awakening that resulted in the publication of her international best-selling book, "Live. Love. Engage. – How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Being Yourself."

Known as “The Light Messenger” for her ability to intuitively transmit healing messages of love and light, Gloria combines a unique blend of energy healing techniques, intuition, and marketing expertise to create transformational results for her clients.

2 thoughts on “LinkedIn Answers Gets Pink Slipped”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t get an email from Linkedin, likely because I don’t use the Answers portion of the website. It has always seemed like a silo in the overall Linkedin experience and rarely came on my radar. Quora, however, has been a great resource for answers, conversations and topic ideas. I highly recommend it as part of a marketing strategy.

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion Diona. It’s funny, I have the opposite experience! Quora is rarely on my radar, but I guess that will have to change.


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