LinkedIn Updates Its 'People You May Know' Feature; What's New

28 Mar, 2012

Professional networking site LinkedIn is updating its 'People You May Know' (PYMK) feature. The feature basically helps LinkedIn members grow their professional network by providing personalized and relevant suggestions of people they might know and should connect with (somewhat similar to what Facebook and Orkut does).

So what's new? If you are a regular LinkedIn user, you might be familiar with the PYMK section that is placed at the right the corner of the home page. There are a few people suggestions always present in the section and you can click on the 'see more' option to view even more suggestions.

Earlier, when a user clicked on the 'see more' option, a basic list of suggestions was loaded. This has been improved. After the upgrade is rolled out, when a user clicks on the 'see more' option, LinkedIn will load suggestions in a tabular format (instead of a list), with prominence given to each suggestion. Users will also be able to view the shared connections (between the user and the PYMK) instead of simply providing the names of the shared connections.

Additionally, users will be able to filter the suggestions provided by LinkedIn according to the different parts of their professional lives like school, university and company etc. For example, if you want to find all the connections from your company, you can simply click the logo of your company (provided by LinkedIn) and LinkedIn will filter the results and only show results from your company.

"We've also improved the accuracy and relevance of your recommendations. Behind the scenes, our algorithm identifies people you may want to connect with based on factors like your existing network, past workplaces, and where you've gone to school.  With these changes, you'll see more relevant results as you scroll down the page," reads an official LinkedIn blog post.

The company will roll out the newer version of PYMK over the next few weeks but users can check them out as of now from this link.

Earlier, the company had announced the LinkedIn Talent Pipeline, which creates a centralised place for recruiters to manage all the leads which they gather through LinkedIn.

LinkedIn also scaled up its India operations by launching a new engineering centre in Bengaluru last November. Earlier this month, the company bought the Gmail contact information pluggin Rapportive.