Typing long messages can be a tedious task. What if instead of typing, you could just speak out your message and send it? The job-focused network LinkedIn has now made it possible for the users to send voice messages to connections. Voice messaging is a standard feature on most modern messaging apps and also it’s very popular in many countries other than the United States. LinkedIn is positioning the new feature as a more convenient way to communicate with connections once a conversation has already begun.
Zack Hendlin, Senior Product Manager of LinkedIn said in a blog post –
“Whether you’re responding while walking or multitasking or need to give an in-depth explanation, voice messages lets you more easily and quickly communicate in your own voice with your connections. Simply tap the microphone icon in the mobile messaging keyboard, then tap and hold on the microphone in the circle to record your voice message and release your finger to send. If you want to cancel before sending, slide your finger away from the microphone icon while holding it down.”
We all know that voice messaging has already become an integral part of instant messaging apps including WhatsApp and WeChat. Therefore, LinkedIn considers that voice messages can be an easy way for professionals as well. It is true that LinkedIn will never have the sort of broad appeal that other social networks like Facebook or Twitter boast, the network is still extremely strong. LinkedIn mentioned that it has over 562 million members. Recruiters, HR members, and other job seekers often turn to the platform when it comes to hunting for the job.
Some users consider that with the arrival of voice messaging on LinkedIn, marketers may start sending voicemails as well – just like spam messages. It also means that the next voice message you receive might offer you a fresh job offer. But this is not something that LinkedIn has planned.
LinkedIn is rolling out voice messaging feature on Android and iOS. Voice messages can also be received on mobile devices as well as on the web. Furthermore, the feature will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks.