|Sun July 21 2013 17:51:59|
Will More Images Increase Your Time on LinkedIn?
By: Julia Wilkinson
I got an email from LinkedIn the other day that said people can now add images to their profile; this feature has actually been in place since May of this year, as reported by TechCrunch and other venues.When I saw the email I thought again that the Web is going image-crazy, seeing the popularity of sites like Pinterest. But as TechCrunch speculated, the addition of this feature may portend an attempt at more monetization by LinkedIn, which might "put a premium on extra services (like Sharing, only “coming soon”), or more storage space — for example to hold more content on your profile page." It also puts LinkedIn more into the general online profile space, with sites like About.me and Flavors.me.
But before we users of the free LinkedIn service worry about our first bill, I wondered how many LinkedIn users would spend more time on the site because of this feature. Many of my friends and online seller acquaintances already spend a decent amount of time at the virtual water cooler on Facebook, one sites like these five; I think because selling online is often a solitary job, this gives us a way to have a group of coworker friends with whom we chat just like we'd do in a bricks-and-mortar space. So now we'll potentially be able to pore over photos on LinkedIn, only presumably they won't be of cats or babies dancing. (Or will they?).
I went over to my LinkedIn profile to add a pic. To use the feature, you go to LinkedIn, then Profile, then Edit Profile; look down and next to the pencil and "edit," there will be a cropping tool you can click to upload a file.
Now there's a pic of me there, like a ghost of eBay Live past, sitting at a table signing books for people.
What about you -- will you use the feature to add photos from your career, clips, or presentations? Do you think this will make you spend more time on the site? And maybe a question to think about down the road, could LinkedIn actually become a place to drive sales? Post a comment here!