If you haven’t seen it yet, LinkedIn has a brand new look! The new layout is closer to what we are accustomed to seeing in our use of sites like Facebook and Twitter. The old layout was what I would consider choppy and a bit distracting. Ad’s and suggestions consumed a large portion of the pages and quite frankly derailed a users focus to the point of coming up for air an hour later wondering what it is you came for and what you actually accomplished.
The new layout makes visual sense and seemingly has a much better flow. The annoying ads and suggested contacts are now in one place. Now I come and actually achieve what I set out to get done. Five of the the new layout features that I really like include:
- “Always on top” Navigational menu at the top menu bar. This menu doesn’t disappear if you cease to hover over it and sub menus don’t just pop up.
- Improved navigational set up making it easier to see and search your network.
- Clear count of your connections. The old layout of the network connections page didn’t list how many connections you had not to mention you had to keep turning the page for the next 10 people. The new layout is a continuous scrolling list that make it easy to find someone, message them or disconnect from them.
- The job list for the companies you follow and for the preferences you set up are easy to see, change and save. Also, the “Post a job” feature is in a place where it finally makes sense.
- All of the notifications are easy to see, respond to when YOU want to respond to them instead of taking up real estate on the side bar of your profile page.
Long story short is that I approve of the new layout. I find it easy to navigate around and it is inviting. It takes your mind off the choppiness of the layout and puts it on finding what you came for. Bravo LinkedIn. It’s about time you caught up with the times.