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LinkedIn modernizes look of its 2 million groups

The professional social network has scrapped a dated design for something much fresher.


LinkedIn group members will find a noticeably more current design when they log on to commune with fellow professionals.

The business-oriented social network announced a redesign for its discussion hubs Thursday, finally making over its 2 million groups to match the modernized look of the service's Web and mobile apps.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to make LinkedIn easier and simpler to use, we've brought a new streamlined look that will give Group managers and Group members the ability to customize and visually differentiate their conversation space," product manager Daria Axelrod Marmer wrote on the company's blog.

The new design more closely resembles the LinkedIn home page in style, with posts, comments, and likes assuming the look of content posted elsewhere on the professional network. The refreshed groups allow members to more easily toggle between popular and recent updates, and also feature influential members and ads a bit more prominently in the right-hand column.

To coincide with the release, LinkedIn shared new stats on groups usage, revealing that there are more than 200 conversations happening in groups each minute and that 8,000 groups are created each week.

The company said it is rolling out the new groups design to its English-speaking members.