In a really bizarre movement, LinkedIn adds voice messages to the professional network platform.
Voice Recording feature, which will roll out to all users over the coming weeks, is available through iOS or Android app. Users can receive messages both on mobile and on the LinkedIn website. Voice messages can last up to one minute.
Although LinkedIn has proven to be a powerful professional networking tool, with particular popularity among recruiters and HR professionals, it may also feel a bit like another overwhelming email inbox. Voice messages can prove to be a nice break from the text, but can also add a new weight to all incoming messages the users receive on the platform.
So why did LinkedIn add voice messages?
According to the blog post, the reasons are three times.
The first reason is for simplicity ̵
While all that may be true, I'm not sure voice messaging fits with the overall purpose of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is mainly used to connect people you do not already know in a professional setting. It's relatively rare to call someone you do not know at all to discuss potential employment or recruitment while sending that person an email is perfectly acceptable.
Using the function simply works. Simply press and hold the microphone icon to record the message and release the symbol to send. To cancel, slide the finger of the microphone icon before you release.
LinkedIn, which was purchased by Microsoft in 2016, now has 562 million users.