San Francisco, California–Business centric networking site, LinkedIn, has just undergone a couple of recent changes. It will now give premium profile users a more updated look, akin to the styles of Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn search has also been overhauled, now including Galene architecture.
The new search architecture replaces Lucene, which was an open-source library. The company has a history of being reactive when it comes to its search model, but now, it wants to “build a search index, searching the index for matching entities, and determining the importance of these entities through relevance scores,” the company stated.
As a result of this change, users are no longer limited to first and second connections, and can search all members of the site. LinkedIn search is now more than double the speed it was and uses about a third of the hardware.
LinkedIn Search not the Only Change
In an effort to boost its paid membership users, the premium profiles now look more like Facebook and the recent update applied to Twitter profiles. The company states it’s not mimicking its more social competition but is providing, “a more personal feel.”
The new profiles will first be available only via desktop to English-speaking countries, but a mobile edition will soon be available. The business network is also offering a new subscription called Premium Spotlight, priced at $9.99 per month. This service will be available to all users and provides a way to get in front of more people on the platform.
These changes follow others, which have included new tools, such as the content marketing measurement tool and a trending content tool. LinkedIn reached 300 million global users in April of this year.
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