Posted on Mar 29, 2013

Another one bites the dustLinkedIn has been making a lot of changes lately. It has eliminated some features and significantly changed the Profile format. But in the ever-continuing saga of the Great LinkedIn Makeover, it seems as if LinkedIn has done away with one of my favorite functions, the Answers Forum.

I loved the idea of the Answers Forum. It was a place for professionals to come together, ask questions and get thorough, reliable answers. The Answers Forum was filled with useful knowledge, and I’m sad to see it go.

Since the disappearance of the Answers Forum, I’ve had to modify the way I go about posing questions on LinkedIn. In place of the Answer Forum, I now use LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn Groups are great resources because they allow you to target specific audiences that you know will have the answer to your question. It’s like going straight to the source. For example, if I have an HR question, I’ll find an HR Group on LinkedIn and post the question on the Group page. If I need help with my Mac, I’ll find an Apple IT Group. When you find the right Group for your questions, it can be like having an HR professional, IT manager, architect, lawyer or web designer right in your backyard. And you don’t even have to bribe them with homemade zucchini bread! Not that I’ve ever done that (more than once).

How do you feel about LinkedIn phasing out the Answers Forum? Love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts below!

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