Five Basic LinkedIn Feature Requests

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It’s no exaggeration that LinkedIn is the best social media and ecosystem for professionals: for networking, job hunting (yes, recruiting on the other side), accessing diverse professional information, read and write articles, share interesting topics, etcetera, as well as value-added services via paid subscription. As gigantic LinkedIn is, it’s surprising to note that some of the basic utilities provided for user content management have a lot to be desired, and with no noticeable incremental improvement over a long time.

My [very minor] gripe has to do with the Editor for posting articles. In this regard, I feel I’ve done my due diligence by sending Feedback, at least on three occasions (may be over the last 6 months). Before I get to the article Editor, let me mention one unexpected feature omission I’ve just come across which, in fact, triggered posting this request.

I wanted to share an external link entitled “World Happiness Index” which looked quite interesting. I headed to the Home page and invoked the Start a post command at the top. Inserting a hyperlink didn’t work as expected, because the image that was detected from the URL on the remote machine was way out of proportion for proper scaling, so I had to give up this route. The next option was to insert an alternative image (with a suitable aspect ratio) and then include a link to that image. Shown below is exactly what I wanted to do  which works fine under article editing  but cannot be done with the Start a post command via image insertion as described.

Interestingly, there is an option to add a Description text to an image, unfortunately, not for the all too important hyperlink!

Request #1: Please allow hyperlink editing for an image with the ‘Start a post’ command.

Before I get to the article Editor, I have another request with regard to inserting a hyperlink in a Comment and Reply text. I very much like the relatively more sophisticated @ Mentioninsertion of connection names, and the omission of hyperlink looks somewhat unreasonable.

Request #2: Please allow hyperlink editing in Comment and Reply text.

Now to the article Editor.

For most part, I like the Editor but I would like it even more with a few features added. I am all for the KISS principle, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of unnecessary inconvenience. Here are my additions to the request list.

Request #3: Please allow bookmark insertion within a page.

You know the equivalent of HTML anchor: <a name=”bookmark”></a>. That way I can navigate within a page by inserting a hyperlink with #bookmark fragment, so as to allow intra-page navigation. If you’re wondering the use-case for this feature, here is an articleexample wherein intra-page navigation would be great. The article is a collection of technical terms where it would be beneficial to navigate to a referenced term within that page.

Request #4: Please allow paragraph centering.

This is a nice aesthetic to have, say, when separating paragraphs with centered asterisks *** or some nice Unicode icons like ⓘ ☐ ☒ ★ ✪ ✯ ✰ ✽ ✾ ✿ ❁ ❃ ❋ ❀ 🔸 🔹 ✎ ➀ ➁ ➂ ➊ ➋ ➌. While this can be done with the default left-alignment, it will show up as ugly wrapping on adaptive/responsive small screens like smartphones. It’s worth noting that various Microsoft technical forums I’ve come across, without exception, have an editor with more features (see example below with editor toolbar), including direct HTML insertion which can solve all the issues mentioned here.

Request #5: Once an article is published, there is no way of changing the #HashTag initially included. Please allow #HashTag editing upon article updating (just like other content).

I am not aware if there is a technical reason for disabling #HashTag after publication, so I’m just assuming that this is an oversight.

The above are just basic features off the top of my head; I’m not even asking for font sizes or colors (in the spirit of adhering to the KISS principle ;-). I am sure readers may have similar requests to add to the list, which they are welcome to suggest through their comment.

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