LinkedIn Gets New Search Features

Experts say the service is becoming more like Facebook.

LinkedIn has announced a major overhaul to its search capabilities. The social network for professionals is becoming a little more like Facebook with unified search, autocomplete and saved search capabilities.

TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden reported, "Professional social network LinkedIn today is announcing an upgrade to its search features — one of the first big overhauls that the search function has had in years, with new features including improved autocomplete and suggested phrasing by way of a new algorithm; unified searches across different product categories; and an improved ability to save searches."

CNET quoted LinkedIn's Bradley Mauney, who said, "We're bringing all of the goodness on LinkedIn -- people, companies, jobs, and groups -- and putting it all together in one place."

SearchEngineLand's noted, "With over 5.7 billion searches performed on LinkedIn last year, the new unified search experience is one of the most anticipated upgrades to the site."

VentureBeat's Jolie O'Dell commented, "LinkedIn’s new Unified Search is interesting, convenient, and a pleasure to use. It’s also set up a lot like Facebook’s recently released Graph Search, with lots of autocomplete functionality and results that combine many kinds of information into a single personalized list of results."

Tags: Facebook, social network, search, LinkedIn

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