No, I’m not talking about driving – although that could easily apply to half of this blog’s readers based on a recent vacation. ;-)
I’m talking about LinkedIn’s under-utilized feature called Signal. Do you use it? Have you even heard of it?
Last week I wrote about how Twitter’s decision to discontinue automatic cross-postings to LinkedIn has helped reduce clutter in your network update stream. If you’d like to further reduce the noise and fine-tune the relevancy of the LinkedIn status updates and news in your stream, you need to use Signal.
Signal allows you to filter your stream based on one or more of the following: network, company, location, industry, time, school, group, topics, seniority and/or update type. You can search within checked filters on keywords or people. As with your “regular” network update stream, any new updates will get pushed in real-time so that you can refresh for the latest update that meets your filter settings. You can even view trending links and who has shared them. Lastly, you can save your searches and even share them as a status update, post into a group or send via private message.
So where can you find this handy LinkedIn tool? Look under “News” in the gray toolbar at the top of your LinkedIn homepage (between “Companies” and “More”). It’s the last choice in a 3-choice drop down menu.
If you’re not familiar with Signal, I encourage you to check it out. Play with the different filters and see how it changes your update stream. As I write this post, I have 5,579 network updates I could read. If you don’t have the time to read that many updates (who does?!), using Signal could turn LinkedIn from a casual “read when I have time” to a highly filtered daily must-read.
Let me know your thoughts on Signal. Are you ready to start using it? If you have been using it, what’s your experience been like?