If finding your way around LinkedIn Groups is a challenge, you've come to the right place. I own a couple of groups and I have been informally assisting in the 140,000-member Event Planning and Event Management Group, owned by Julius Solaris, since December 2008 when there were 4,000 members and managing it since April 2009 when LinkedIn introduced the Group Manager role.
LinkedIn recently made significant changes to its layout in groups. While there are improvements in some areas, any change requires some adjustment. The first change is the way in which groups are accessed.To search for a new group, enter the topic in the search box at the top of the page and click the blue search icon in the upper right corner of the image on the left below.
To access the groups to which you already belong, click on the "Interests" link on the top menu and select "Groups" from the drop down menu. You will see a full list of your groups.
Re-Ordering LinkedIn Groups
There has been a significant change to the way in which LinkedIn Members can re-order groups.
- Hover over your miniature photo in the upper right corner.
- From the drop down menu, select "Privacy & Settings".
- In the lower left corner, click on Groups, Companies and Applications.
- At the top of the list, you will see "Select your group display order »"
- Click on it and you will review a list of your groups.
- Change the order by changing the number in the box beside each group.
LinkedIn Group Layout
The most significant changes to the LinkedIn Groups layout include:
- the location of featured Manager's Choice discussions are visible and group navigation.
- Access to the Group Rules, Group Profile, and Subgroups
New Location for Featured Manager's Choice Discussions
After you join a LinkedIn Group, you will either see what looks like folder paper (origami) or the group logo at the top. This is the new location for Manager's Choice Discussions. This is an extremely important area, as the group leadership team often displays helpful information about the group, updates and particularly high-quality discussions here. Hover over the origami image or logo and arrows will become visible. Use the arrows to navigate through the featured discussions. (LinkedIn also cycles through them every few minutes).
Accessing Important Group Information
An extremely important new feature is the "i" icon in the upper right corner. Click on the "i" icon to reveal the links to Group Rules, Group Profiles and Subgroups.
Access Group Profile and Group Rules by clicking on the links with those names. It is extremely important to check Group Rules before you post as there is great deal of variety in expectations in the various LinkedIn Groups.
Subgroups are one of the best kept secrets in groups. Think of them as the equivalent of breakout sessions at conferences. After you click on the "i" icon (see image above), you will notice Subgroups in white and a number beside the group indicating the number of subgroups. Click on that number to reveal the list of subgroups. You can also access subgroups the new subgroups list towards the bottom of the white menu beside discussions. Three will be visible. Click on "see more" to reveal the full list.
Searching for Discussions
- Click on the Search link.
- Enter the topic in the search box on the left menu.
- Click Search
For more tips on using LinkedIn Groups, also consult Top 10 Ways to Alienate People on LinkedIn, LinkedIn Groups: 15 Strategies to Grow a Supergroup, Julius Solaris, Social Media Maven, Reflects on LinkedIn Group Milestone and 5 Tips For Getting More Out of LinkedIn.
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