You may have noticed that there are now Open Groups on LinkedIn. In those groups, you can see and join discussions without first becoming a member.
The rollout of this option to group owners will ramp up over the coming weeks. In open groups anyone on the Web will be able to view and share the group’s new discussions, making it possible for more professionals than ever to discover the group’s valuable conversations and vastly expanding the reach of participants’ contributions.
All existing groups will remain members-only unless the group owner proactively chooses to switch the group to open. Only group owners can switch a group from the members-only status that characterizes all groups today to an open group. If the group is switched, all group members will be informed of the change when they first visit the group after the switchover. For the time being, subgroups will remain members-only with no option to switch.
No worries—all of your existing discussions and groups remain members only, just the way they are today. Only the group owner can enable a group to be open. If this occurs, you will be notified as soon as you visit the group.
Members only groups, such as the LinkedIn Group “Recruitment Consultants and Staffing Professional”, are indicated by a lock badge whenever you see the group name.
What do you think? Would you like groups to become more open and join a discussion without the need to become a member first? Or do you prefer to discuss without the whole world to see it?