LinkedIn talks the talk, adds new voicemail feature

LinkedIn’s online messaging service will now cater for voice recordings, after a software update designed to expand the way professionals can connect.

Users can now record and send voice messages up to a minute long, ensuring their communications still remain brisk and businesslike (we’re busy people, ok) while giving recruiters and spammers even more ways of cluttering your inbox.

The business-minded social network announced the feature in a blog post, with the intention of making it “easier than ever to communicate when you want, how you want with your professional community”, though we can't imagine regular users making much use of the feature.

The feature is now live on LinkedIn’s iOS and Android smartphone apps, though the browser version can only receive voice recordings, rather than record its own.

Serious chat

The new voice functionality is the latest of a number of new updates to LinkedIn’s messaging service. Other recently-added features include the ability to send attachments, or tag other LinkedIn users in your messages to share their profile. Users can also now ‘stretch’ their compose box in the app if they need to type out longer messages.

For more laidback conversation, the app also has a new emoji-picker, adding to the very serious, totally necessary GIF functionality added back in April.

Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.