LinkedIn Beefed Up Its Messaging Features

Expanded composer box, mobile attachments highlight changes

Mobile attachments were one of the most requested changes to LinkedIn messages - Credit by hocus-focus/iStock
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LinkedIn added several new features to its messaging Thursday.

Director of product, messenger and groups Chris Szeto provided details on all of the updates in a blog post.

Users now have more flexibility when it comes to the size of the message compose box, as that box can now be expanded across the platform “for those times when you just need a little more space to compose longer, thoughtful and more formal messages.” This tweak is currently available on mobile and coming to desktop “in the next few weeks.”

In what Szeto called “one of the most frequently requested messaging features from all of you,” attachments can now be sent from users’ phones via the LinkedIn application. Supported file types include PDF, DOC, XLS and PPT.

While LinkedIn just missed out on World Emoji Day earlier this week, it did add an emoji picker for desktop, enabling users to easily select and add them to messages and search by keyword or category.

LinkedIn will also suggest potential participants for group messages when users click the + icon to create a new message. These “smart suggestions” will be based on factors such as current company, former company, school and people users have recently exchanged messages with on the professional network. The ability to remove people from group messages was also added, and it can be accessed via the three dots on the top right of group messages.

Users can now use @ mentions to direct comments to specific people in group messages, and to share the profiles of connections in one-on-one conversations.

Finally, images from screenshots and the web can now be seamlessly copied and pasted into LinkedIn messages. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.