LinkedIn opens up publishing to everyone

Business-oriented social media player allows all members to publish longform content on its site while announcing new influencers

LinkedIn has opened up its publishing platform to all members and introduced a raft of new influencers to its content program.

To date, only those belonging to LinkedIn’s influencer program could publish long-form content on the portal. In a blog post, LinkedIn director of product management, Ryan Roslansky, said the decision to expand this to all members was about tapping into the insights and knowledge across its membership base as well as helping them build out their ‘professional brand’.

When members publish a post on LinkedIn, their original content will become part of their profile and shared with their network. From today, 25,000 English-speaking members have the ability to publish content, and the capability will be rolled out to multiple languages and territories in coming months.

LinkedIn is also adding a range of new influencers to its list including Nissan CEO, Carols Ghosn; CNBC host and financial expert, Suzie Orman; and Morgan Stanley CEO, James Gorman.

The company claimed since the launch of the influencer program in 2012, each post gets an average of 31,000 views, 250 likes and 80 comments. Existing members include Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates and Australian online retailer, Ruslan Kogan.

Earlier this month, LinkedIn confirmed it had reached 50 million members in Asia-Pacific including more than 5 million members in Australia.

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