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Professional social network LinkedIn has added real-time notifications to let you know when people comment on or like a post, send an invitation to connect, and more, the company announced today.

Highly reminiscent of Facebook, these notifications give you a better sense of what’s happening with people you’re connected to on LinkedIn and, maybe more importantly, encourage you to spend more time on the site so you can see real-time responses.

The company writes:

Launching today is our new notifications feature, which will keep you notified in real-time when someone likes what you’ve shared on LinkedIn, views your profile, accepts your invitation, and much more.

Here’s what you’ll see: a notification flag at the top of your homepage and a new Inbox envelope icon. A red circle appears when you have something new, such as comments or likes on your shares, an accepted connection request, new inMails and more. This new feature is all part of our ongoing effort to make it easier to keep engaging discussions going with your network.

Notifications are just beginning to roll out today, but all LinkedIn users will have the new feature within the next few weeks.

Next up, the company plans to add similar notifications to its mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The company says mobile notifications are “coming soon.”

Notifications screenshot: LinkedIn


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