LinkedIn is “retiring” its Signal product on July 29. In doing so, users will no longer be able to search for updates or access any saved searches after it’s shut down.
Citing the need to always improve the everyday experience on the professional social network, LinkedIn said that Signal is its latest casualty in order for it to focus on “creating better tools and experiences.”
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What exactly was Signal? It launched in 2010 as a way for users to cut through the noise and find the relevant information and insights amidst all the status updates, news, postings, and whatever else cluttered their news feed. It offered five features, some that LinkedIn’s users may be more familiar with than the name of the product:
- Searching by keyword, topic, or people
- Auto-updated real-time news feed stream
- Trending links
- Find out who shared a particular link
At its launch, the service was billed as being in beta, so it appears this week’s shuttering proves that the two-year trial period just didn’t work out as well. However, that’s not to say that Signal hasn’t influenced the evolution of LinkedIn. While the product is being retired, some of its features including the search option, an updated news feed stream, and others have been incorporated into the latest design of the social network.
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