LinkedIn discontinues Stories feature in favor of 'short-form video format'
Microsoft-owned networking platform LinkedIn recently announced that it is shutting down its Stories feature that allowed users to post content that disappears after 24 hours, just like Instagram and Snapchat stories. The company Tuesday said that it is replacing the outgoing feature with a "reimagined video experience" across LinkedIn that aspires to be "richer and more conversational." Here are the details.
In a blog post about the discontinuation of Stories, LinkedIn's Senior Director of Product, Liz Li, said that Stories were introduced last year as a way to share quick, casual video-format updates. LinkedIn was rather late to the party since Snapchat conceptualized the Stories concept in 2013 and it has since been shamelessly replicated by Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, and TikTok, among others.
Li claimed that in the year that Stories were available on LinkedIn, the platform "learned a lot." In a bid to "embrace mixed media... and integrate it more tightly with your professional identity," LinkedIn has decided to discontinue stories at the end of September. Additionally, any advertising campaigns that inserted ads between users' stories scheduled to continue beyond September will be discontinued.
With stories gone, LinkedIn will be pivoting towards a "short-form, rich, interactive video format" with relative permanence. Li noted that people want to create lasting videos that tell their professional stories in a personal way that showcases the person's personality and expertise. It will be interesting to see how LinkedIn adds such videos to user profiles.
That said, LinkedIn followed in the footsteps of Twitter that also recently discontinued its ephemeral tweets feature called Twitter Fleets. The microblogging platform has since replaced Fleets with its Clubhouse clone called Twitter Spaces that promises to be more engaging with monetization opportunities opening up in the coming months. In case you're curious, LinkedIn is also developing its variation of Clubhouse's audio-based discussion platform.