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LinkedIn Adds New Templates for Posts to Facilitate More Creative Updates

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LinkedIn Adds New Templates for Posts to Facilitate More Creative Updates

LinkedIn continues to add new ways to help creators maximize engagement in the app, this time via a new templates option for posts, which provides a range of text formatting and background options for your LinkedIn updates.

As you can see in this sequence, you can now tap on the new ‘Use a Template’ option in the post creation flow, which will provide you with a range of options to customize your post.

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“Choose from dozens of customizable backgrounds and fonts, add your own text, and hit “Share”. You can even add a clickable link onto templates to encourage your audience to take action.”

Which is in reference to LinkedIn’s recently added link sticker tool, another option to add a different angle to your LinkedIn updates.

It’s an interesting addition, which will certainly add some more variety to your LinkedIn feed – though whether you actually want these bright, stand-out posts filling up your LinkedIn stream is another question entirely.

Do people really want LinkedIn to look even more like Facebook? Do these types of templates and tools align with the professional focus of the app?

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Honestly, the font in the second to last image above looks horrendous, and I can’t see that adding anything good to the LinkedIn process.

Then again, as with all social platforms, LinkedIn needs to move with the times and trends – and in that respect, it’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long to launch these templates.

A year ago, LinkedIn acquired how-to video platform Jumprope, which also brought with it Jumprope’s various creative tools and templates.

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Those options, at the time, seemed destined for LinkedIn Stories – but then LinkedIn shut down Stories shortly after, due to lack of audience interest.

After that, it seemed like these types of formats and templates would pop-up somewhere else, and it’s taken till now to see something similar appear in the main app.

But it’s here now, and if you’re looking for a way to spice up your LinkedIn updates, it could be worth experimenting with the new formats, to see what type of response you get.

Just be careful with your fonts. Please.

LinkedIn says the new templates option will be rolled out over ‘the coming weeks’.

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Brittisk tonåring dog efter "negativa effekter av onlineinnehåll": rättsläkare

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Molly Russell was exposed to online material 'that may have influenced her in a negative way'

Molly Russell was exposed to online material ‘that may have influenced her in a negative way’ – Copyright POOL/AFP/File Philip FONG

A 14-year-old British girl died from an act of self harm while suffering from the “negative effects of online content”, a coroner said Friday in a case that shone a spotlight on social media companies.

Molly Russell was “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness,” Andrew Walker ruled at North London Coroner’s Court.

The teenager “died from an act of self-harm while suffering depression”, he said, but added it would not be “safe” to conclude it was suicide.

Some of the content she viewed was “particularly graphic” and “normalised her condition,” said Walker.

Russell, from Harrow in northwest London, died in November 2017, leading her family to set up a campaign highlighting the dangers of social media.

“There are too many others similarly affected right now,” her father Ian Russell said after the ruling.

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“At this point, I just want to say however dark it seems, there is always hope.

“I hope that this will be an important step in bringing about much needed change,” he added.

The week-long hearing became heated when the family’s lawyer, Oliver Sanders, took an Instagram executive to task.

A visibly angry Sanders asked Elizabeth Lagone, the head of hälsa and wellbeing at Meta, Instagram’s parent company, why the platform allowed children to use it when it was “allowing people to put potentially harmful content on it”.

“You are not a parent, you are just a business in America. You have no right to do that. The children who are opening these accounts don’t have the capacity to consent to this,” he said.

Lagone apologised after being shown footage, viewed by Russell, that “violated our policies”.

Of the 16,300 posts Russell saved, shared or liked on Instagram in the six-month period before her death, 2,100 related to depression, self-harm or suicide, the inquest heard.

Children’s charity NSPCC said the ruling “must be a turning point”.

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“Tech companies must be held accountable when they don’t make children’s safety a priority,” tweeted the charity.

“This must be a turning point,” it added, stressing that any delay to a government bill dealing with online safety “would be inconceivable to parents”.

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