What happened to LinkedIn Pulse? Here’s Your Answer.

In the past I enjoyed the opportunity to follow LinkedInfluencers, channels of interest and media organizations offering free content via LinkedIn Pulse. A few years ago Pulse had it's own tab which made it simple to access. With the recent interface change finding "Pulse" requires a little direction. Have no fear. Here's how to find it.

Your #LinkedIn Home Page consists of many updates including the activity of those individuals in your network, suggested content (aka promoted content paid for by the advertiser), channels and media you follow and influencer posts.

Prior to the new user interface you could elect which influencers, channels and media you wished to follow by going to the bottom of your profile page and click “Discover More.” 

Clicking “Discover More” would open to this page:

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When we queried #LinkedIn via their Help Center to determine if this page was accessible, their response was “At this time we don't have that specific functionality available, but I've sent your suggestion to our product team for consideration.”

Don't worry. Here's the link that gets you there: www.LinkedIn.com/pulse/discover

Nevertheless, this development makes no sense so we went about trying to determine if you can access #Pulse anywhere on the platform. Well, sure enough the answer is Yes with a twist. Here’s how.

  • Go to your Home Page Feed.
  • You’ll notice three horizontal dots in the far right hand corner of each post.
  • Clicking it reveals several options including “Improve My Feed: Get recommended sources to follow.”

Once you click on “Improve My Feed” you are brought to a new rendering of #Pulse choices with a twist. It's now called “Follow Fresh Perspectives.” Here you will see all offered categories of content and individuals including influencers, channels and media to follow. 

What happened to #Pulse? It morphed into Follow Fresh Perspectives. Let us know how you like the new functionality.

What's Next with #LinkedIn? Stay tuned to this channel.

Breaking News! #LinkedIn Profile Background Image Size To Change... Again.

My partner Linda Bass called me into her office this morning. There's nothing special about that other than what she showed me. Linda was seeing her profile's background image as well as other people's background image in a reduced size, no longer stretched across the width of the page. Here's what it looks like.

I thought this must be a bug or she's part of some beta test that LinkedIn occasionally rolls out. Or maybe she zoomed in using her browser. Being the curious and inquisitive person Linda is, she queried LinkedIn about this via the Help Center. Here's their response.

That's right. You will be receiving this update to your profile background image. When? Let me know when you get it. I don't have it yet. Plus there will no longer be a profile image gallery for you to chose from. It will be either the default version or something you create. The previous size (which didn't last very long) was 1536x768. The new size will be 1584x396.

Actually, I think this is a good change as the stretched version was difficult to render properly for both desktop and mobile. At least now there will be consistency across both access points and if you desire, centering your logo will be more sensible.

What's Next? When you receive the new size be sure to adjust it so that it renders properly. Until next time...