LinkedIn spruces up messaging ... and adds GIFs and emojis

The company's messaging client has been redesigned with a chat-like interface

The next time "sincerely" won't do while writing to a prospective employer on LinkedIn, how about you try closing that cover letter with a big, round smiley face?

Buttoned down LinkedIn is adding a touch of modern to its messaging client, streamlining its design while also adding support for digital media like stickers, emojis and GIFs.

The changes amount to a significant overhaul of the interface for the professional social networking site's free messaging client, and its paid InMail service.

The changes make it feel and look less like a clunky email system and more like a mobile messaging app or group chat client.

Messaging now has a chat-style interface. The company said it has also improved push and email notifications to make it easier to stay on top of relevant conversations.

LinkedIn will begin to limit push notifications, for instance, so users don't get bombarded with them when they're actively talking with connections, a LinkedIn spokeswoman said.

Some LinkedIn tools, like invitations to connect, are now accessible outside of the messaging inbox. LinkedIn has created a page on its site that explains how the redesign affects various other LinkedIn functions.

The changes are rolling out starting Tuesday for English-speaking users on the web and in LinkedIn's iOS and Android apps. The new messaging software will be made accessible to users in other languages in the coming weeks, the company says.

linkedin messaging mobile LinkedIn
LinkedIn's new messaging feature in its Android and iOS apps, pictured Sept. 1, 2015.

LinkedIn admits the changes are long overdue. "The wait is over," wrote Mark Hull, director of product management at LinkedIn, in a blog post on Tuesday that was titled, "New messaging experience comes to LinkedIn, finally."

More advanced tools could be on the way, too. In the post, Hull expressed excitement over "intelligent messaging assistants" that could help suggest people to message, or provide information about contacts before users start a conversation.

Also on Tuesday, Facebook announced it is rolling out an intelligent messaging assistant for its Messenger app.

LinkedIn's changes do not relax its restrictions around who can message whom. Users must still be connected to message each other for free, or hold a Premium account to message others using InMail.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?