LinkedIn is encouraging members to set aside their keyboards and speak up instead with the introduction of its first voice messaging system.
The social network is seeking to drive engagement by enabling users to record voice messages of up to one minute’s duration and then play them back via a smartphone or computer for those using the iOS or Android app.
Spearheaded by product manager Zack Hendlin the new functionality can be activated by simply tapping the microphone icon on a smartphone to send their utterances to others rather than laboriously type them out.
In a blog post Hendlin wrote: “Simply tap the microphone icon in the mobile messaging keyboard, then tap and hold on the microphone in the circle to record your voice message and release your finger to send. If you want to cancel before sending, slide your finger away from the microphone icon while holding it down.”
LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 for $26.2bn.