Knowing when your LinkedIn connections are online is essential if you want to get immediate responses to your messages. LinkedIn will now let you do that with its new “Active Status” feature.
LinkedIn’s new Active Status feature
The new Active Status feature appears as a small dot at the bottom of users’ profile images in your Direct Message page. When they go online, the dot turns green to show that they are active.
Users will also be able to receive instant notifications for new messages while they are active. The feature is now available for all web and mobile users.
LinkedIn’s messaging improvements
This is not the only new feature from LinkedIn. They also added a new feature which allows you to see whether your message has been read, and when people are writing back to you:
This is quite similar to how Whatsapp functions. It will allow you to get even closer to your contacts.
These two small additions are part of LinkedIn’s larger effort to improve its messaging platform. The site reported that it has seen a 240% growth in the number of messages sent through it’s re-launched mobile app. To take advantage of this, LinkedIn has released a host of new tools and features, including:
- Conversation Starters: This lets you add personalized conversation starters to the messages you send to new connections.
- New Direct Messaging options: With these, you can now send a message directly from posts to your contacts.
- Quick Replies: A useful tool to send out immediate replies to your contacts.
Coupled with the Active Status Feature, these tools are designed to encourage and facilitate more conversations between people on the platform.
One thing to note is that Active Status is turned on by default. If you do not want your status to be seen, you can turn it off in your account settings. Once it’s off you also won’t be able to see whether your connections are online.
Use LinkedIn’s new Active Status feature for engagement
When reaching out to your LinkedIn connections, you want to send your direct messages when they are online. This is not only for you to get an immediate reply but also to avoid getting buried under all the messages they receive while offline.
The Active Status feature is a quick and simple way to find that out. What’s more, by knowing which of your connections are online, you can create more specific messages. This can help cut down on impersonal bulk messages.
To get your connections to actually respond to your message it should contain something of interest to them. This can be a new article you posted on the LinkedIn Publishing Platform, content you shared on your profile, or something found using their new Suggested Stories feature. Use Devumi’s LinkedIn Connections Service to increase your clout. If you send a message and actually get someone interested enough to look at your account you want them to be impressed.
See and be seen with LinkedIn’s Active Status feature
LinkedIn’s new Active Status feature, and Whatsapp like feature, are small but welcomed additions to its messaging platform. With them you can quickly see who of your connections are ready for a conversation. Check it out and start having meaningful conversations with whoever is online to make your job hunt even easier.