Status updates are a great way to surface interesting content, to share this with your LinkedIn peers and to demonstrate some personality on your LinkedIn profile.
While you can still post status updates and view those of your LinkedIn connections on your LinkedIn Homepage, you cannot easily scroll through your own post activity.
Nor are you able to check out the Activity Feed of people you are considering connecting to – which has been a useful factor in deciding whether to connect.
Is your LinkedIn Activity Feed missing? It’s an “enhancement”
LinkedIn explained its reasoning in a blog on its Help Center, which stated: “From time to time, we take a look at our features to evaluate how they’re being used by our members. Part of this process sometimes means we decide to eliminate a feature, so we can better invest those resources in building new and better LinkedIn products.
“You will no longer see your activity feed on your LinkedIn profile, which shows your most recent site activity.”
LinkedIn company pages are unaffected by this change.
The natives are restless
“No more status updates on our profile pages? Epic Fail,” says one disgruntled LinkedIn user – and there are plenty of similar comments piling up on the LinkedIn Help Center stream ‘Status Updates on my Profile page are missing’.
Another says: “The status updates are a critical reason for connecting on LinkedIn. Let’s get this back on line. Most people will be missing this and like me think they did something to shut it off.”
More state: “This is a basic component of any social networking site, including LinkedIn. Please bring this back ASAP” and “It doesn’t seem as much of an enhancement, as it does a major digression”.
Perhaps LinkedIn will reverse the ‘enhancement’ and bring back status updates on profile pages once they read comments like this: “My main reason for posting status updates is so that visitors to my profile page can see my latest blog updates (there used to be a little app to do that automatically but LinkedIn disabled that as well). If my status updates no longer appear on my profile page, I simply won’t bother posting them anymore.”
So, now what?
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