Note to LinkedIn: Stop trying to be like Facebook

Over the last few months, Facebook has seriously exploded in popularity. Meanwhile, LinkedIn keeps chugging along. But something I’ve noticed about LinkedIn is that they are “borrowing” a bit too much from Facebook.

And I’m finding myself using it less because of that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn and I consider it the best business social network. But the latest changes have less to do with business and more to do with copying Facebook.

The problem is this: if LinkedIn gets to be too much like Facebook, then I’d rather just use Facebook.

So if I were LinkedIn, I’d be looking for the ways that I’m not like Facebook, and amplifying those features. For example, I’d play up the “Answers” section and let the community rate the posts as a way to combat spam and or junk answers. Don’t just let the person asking the question mark answers as best, let the community vote for the best answers.

What are your suggestions?

Comments

  1. Agreed that the Q & A are one of the best parts of LinkedIn. I’ve definitely spent alot of time in that area of the website and that’s something I’ll never get from Facebook. I find the ‘people you may know’ feature to be pretty useless, the logic doesn’t seem to be consistent and it’s pretty buggy. Doesn’t seem to distinguish the value between people that I share one contact with or 20. But, maybe I haven’t looked at it closely enough. Once LinkedIn starts letting people post pictures, I’m out 😉

  2. Agreed that the Q & A are one of the best parts of LinkedIn. I’ve definitely spent alot of time in that area of the website and that’s something I’ll never get from Facebook. I find the ‘people you may know’ feature to be pretty useless, the logic doesn’t seem to be consistent and it’s pretty buggy. Doesn’t seem to distinguish the value between people that I share one contact with or 20. But, maybe I haven’t looked at it closely enough. Once LinkedIn starts letting people post pictures, I’m out 😉