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50 User Groups -

Who loves the new upgrade to User Groups - limiting user to just 50 groups?
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  • I’m very unhappy!
    Have you signed the petition calling on LinkedIn to Consult its members?

    DIRECT:
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Link...

    FACEBOOK USERS:
    http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/vi...

    Cheers John
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  • What is the point of the petition?

    LinkedIn put these two questions for group owners on LinkedIn Answers a couple of days ago:

    What are the key features you need to manage your LinkedIn group?
    http://tinyurl.com/59w5ut

    How can LinkedIn Groups managers best work with each other and LinkedIn?
    http://tinyurl.com/6pz54k
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  • You forgot already!

    The petition predated the above by many days.
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  • I’m frustrated
    ----------Original Message----------
    Dear Arsen,

    Thank you for contacting LinkedIn Customer Support. We understand that you may be inconvenienced by this change to the site. We do ask that you do not set up another account in order to have more groups, this is being tracked as well and we are watching for those types of actions as wells.

    If you have any further questions, please just let me know.

    Thanks,
    Troy L.

    ----------Original Message----------
    Customer (Arsen Yeremin) 08/04/2008 07:25 PM
    I can't believe you are limiting the number of groups a person can
    belong to. This has to piss off users most dedicated to linked in. I
    guess I'll have to create another account and keep half my groups in
    it. You would piss people off less if you charged for having unlimited
    group. This is the worst news I've had all year. This is the first
    step to a company being qualified as "Evil" Give me a call if you want
    to talk this over.

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    Arsen Yeremin arsen3d@gmail.com T: (707)703-1584
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/arsenyeremin F: (270)682-3873
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  • I’m heartbroken
    Same issue - after over a decade of networking I have been a part of MANY groups. I was shocked to see a warning that I'm close to my "limit". Many of the groups I'm in are for professional certifications - should I drop those? Should I drop the ones I'm on the board of? Should I drop the ones my customers are managing and want me to keep an eye on? If they are closed networks that require an approval to join, how does LinkedIn need to police beyond that? This is heartbreaking - it stops me from doing my job.
    • After reaching the limit and being forced to reconsider what are my most important 50 groups... And after reconsidering some of the points in this thread, it seems like there are a few plausible solutions:

      1) Make the ability to join more than 50 groups part of a LinkedIn paid membership. Even if you only allowed me to join only a small number of additional groups, that would be far preferable to having to chose which associations to drop. As an added bonus, it creates a revenue stream for you to begin covering the server infrastructure. (Personally, I consider groups part of my resume, which is what this service started out as; I'd roll back some of the recent feature additions and return to providing solid core functionality...) I had a paid membership for awhile but it didn't provide features I actually *needed*; however, a feature like this would be something worth paying for.

      2) Change the group functionality, and insist that moderators approve members of groups based on real-world certifications or paid memberships. This would (unfortunately) create a lot of unhappy people too, but it's my hunch that these affinity groups are the ones that grow exponentially and strain your servers - and they already have an alternative home - on facebook. You encourage LinkedIn members to connect to only real-world connections; why not carry that over to groups?

      3) Charge groups to use LinkedIn. If they find it valuable, they will pay and you will have another revenue stream to support IT infrastructure. What you're creating now is a reason for groups to leave LinkedIn, if their real-world paid members are unable to join because of the 50 group limit.

      4) As previously pointed out, consider simply penalizing abusers of the system. Twitter does this - not always perfectly, so they've gone through some rough spots - but they make corrections when they make mistakes - and more importantly, they don't penalize the faithful user base and evangelists for the mistakes of the few.

      As someone who passionately recommends LinkedIn as a social network that anyone with a business card should join because I’ve seen the benefits, I sincerely hope you share specific plans for addressing this issue soon.
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