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Thursday, February 28, 2008

LinkedIn Redesigned It's Homepage With Status

image LinkedIn today announced about the redesign of the LinkedIn homepage. There are couple of changes made for the new homepage as below:

1. System of Navigation

Tabs are replaced with drop-down menus. Check out the horizontal top bar which exemplifies this the best. You may have observed the created consistent personal navigation bar vertically, which you use to manage the various elements of your professional network.


2. Profile Snapshot (with Status)

This component can be found right below the vertical personal navigation bar on the left. What this allows you to do is figure out how exactly you are presenting your professional identity, how up-to-date and accurate the information is and basically how complete your LinkedIn network is. This profile snapshot also contains the new Status feature that Chris demos here.


3. Customizable widgets panel

In addition to the above enhancements, LinkedIn's redesigned home page includes several customizable modules. Currently there are three light-weight applications that allow you to more fully leverage the collective wisdom of your professional network.


- The Answers module showcases what questions your network is asking, so that you can directly contribute to the network's knowledge and perhaps ask a question yourself.

- The People module showcases the contacts you can make through your network (by using the connections of your connections).

- The Jobs module showcases the jobs and opportunities your network can help you with.

And, finally you'll notice the navigation style across the length and breadth of LinkedIn so now there's a consistent look-and-feel as you traverse the site. Check out how the LinkedIn Groups page looks on LinkedIn currently.


Elliot Shmukler, Principal Product Manager at LinkedIn, demos the redesigned homepage and its chief components in below video.

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