Now You Can Connect With Other Members Using LinkedIn Mentions

Just a brief update about a new LinkedIn feature that is very Facebook-like because it enables you to engage with your network by mentioning your connections and companies in conversations. It’s called Mentions on LinkedIn.

The neat part is the person or company you mentioned will receive a notification alerting them that they have been mentioned. You can learn more at LinkedIn’s blog. This feature is being rolled-out to English-speaking members first and then globally.

Here is a SlideShare presentation prepared by LinkedIn describing the new feature. LinkedIn owns SlideShare, in case you didn’t know.

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  1. Great Linkedin feature, thanks Jeannette!
    I did not know about it and the idea of the SlideShare presentation is really great.

  2. I hadn’t noticed this feature yet Jeannette. Yikes! I spend enough time on LinkedIn without having to acknowledge mentions.Do you have any plans to use this feature? My first reaction is to reciprocate/acknowledge any but I have no plans on initiating these. There’s just so much time in a day! Thanks for letting us know about this.

    • Sherryl — I have not used the feature and don’t plan to proactively. Like you, I will respond to mentions. I can’t even keep up with endorsements. I’ve endorsed a lot of people, which I’m happy to do, and received a lot of endorsements, but LinkedIn has not made it easy to simply thank someone for an endorsement so I’ve honestly not acknowledged all of them because there simply isn’t time. Makes me feel very guilty.

      • Jeannette,
        I don’t usually thank someone who endorses me if I don’t know who they are. If I have time, maybe I should but sometimes I just wonder if I am totally unfamiliar with them, how is it that they know me well enough to endorse me. I imagine they could find my blog valuable and that’s their way of acknowledging it but I’m skeptical. What’s your opinion?

        • Sherryl — I haven’t had any people I don’t know endorse me. I notice that LinkedIn has added the feature “Post to my profile” which allows you to post or not post the endorsement (Or maybe the feature was there all along and I missed it). I wouldn’t post the endorsement of someone I don’t know. It would feel dishonest.

  3. It’s good to know about this functionality, though I tend not to post many updates to LinkedIn. I too wish there was an easy way to quickly thank someone for their endorsements.

    • Pat — I’m sure LinkedIn will add new features that mimic the features of other social media networks. They’re all copying one another.

  4. I will be doing the same as you and Sherryl responding to mentions. One thing I wonder about is how quickly the spammers will start mentioning others to look at their articles.

    Nothing against Linkedin but it would be great when they and other social platforms add features that helped us but did not take up more of our time. Perhaps a little simplicity is needed.