LinkedIn Closing LinkedIn Answers
I am very sad to report that Linkedin is closing one of it’s most beloved features; Answers. The other day when I logged on to LinkedIn Answers, I was met with this disappointing message:
When I clicked the link for more info, this is what I read:
As of January 31, 2013, the LinkedIn Answers feature will be retired from LinkedIn. We’ll be focusing our efforts on the development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn. In the meantime, you can still pose questions and facilitate professional discussions through other popular LinkedIn channels including LinkedIn Polls, Groups, or status updates.
I sought to get someone from the company to comment on what happened, but I could not do it in time to get this post done before it actually closed. There is speculation that the Q&A site Quora, with whom LinkedIn as a standing relationship might become the new “answers” feature for LinkedIn. I don’t think it’s a great move, but I also know that people have abused LinkedIn answers with spam posts and spam answers. I can’t imagine that they would kill a great service as opposed to just setting more harsh penalties.
Anyhow, it will still be a great resource and I look forward to what is to come down the road with regard to Q&A @ LinkedIn.