I noticed a new feature last night after visiting the Law and Social Networking Group on LinkedIn. “Open Groups” have been created but don’t worry, existing groups will remain members-only unless the group owner chooses to switch it over.
If one of your groups switches over to the “open” format you will be notified the first time you visit the group after the switchover.
I am a firm believer you shouldn’t post anything on the net you wouldn’t want the entire online world to know. But, some professionals post in LinkedIn groups only because they are a smaller private network of peers, potential clients, etc.
Here are the features you need to know about if you join an open group:
- You can join discussions in open groups without first becoming a member.
- Open groups will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks.
- Anyone on the web can view and share discussions in open groups.
- Discussions will be indexed by search engines.
- The default for newly created groups is “open”.
- Once you switch a group to “open” it can’t be switched back.
- If your group becomes open all of the content prior to the switch will only be available to members in a “member-only” area.
This is a cool feature as long as you keep in mind that everything you share in open groups on LinkedIn will be considered public domain. Continue to post in relevant groups but be mindful.
What do you think about these new groups?