If you already have to defend your LinkedIn from intruder messages wanting to connect, here is some more bad news for you. On Thursday, the social network for professionals announced that it is introducing a new voicemail feature for its mobile app for iOS and Android. Now, you will soon have voicemails from faraway thought leaders wanting to connect with you.
With a tap of the microphone on your phone, you will be able to send out introductions that can be heard on your phone or on the LinkedIn website. Wonderful.
LinkedIn introducing voice messaging feature to our inboxes
As the age of the telephone makes way for the era of text messaging, why is LinkedIn going back to the voicemail? The company said that talking out your pitch can help networkers on-the-go. You can now schmooze with professionals as you walk the dog and pick up groceries.
LinkedIn senior product manager Zach Hendlin said that it can be “great for explaining longer or more complex ideas without the time and involvement of typing and editing a message.”
Since professionals will be hearing your actual voice and not your computer-filtered one, LinkedIn thinks it will allow you to “build a more personal connection and effectively communicate.”
A word of caution for all of you excited to network as you multitask: Just because LinkedIn gives you a full minute to prattle on about your job history, it does not mean you should use the full minute. Yes, you can explain a longer, more complex idea when you are speaking, but in general, experts advise keeping your voicemail around 40 seconds. Keep your introduction concise and to the point. State who you are, why you are randomly contacting someone, and then hang up. The longer version can wait until you can convince your connection to meet in person.