Update: New Limits on Messaging LinkedIn Group Members by @ChrisRussell

If you like to send more than 15 messages per month to members of a LinkedIn group you belong to, you can no longer do that. LinkedIn has set new limits on this frequently used feature which was often touted as a way to “get around” their other InMail limitations.

The new guidelines are as follows:

You can send a message to a group member without being connected, and adjust your Member Message settings from within the group. However, there are limits:

  1. You can send 15 free 1:1 group messages to fellow group members each month. This limit is set for all the groups you belong to and not for each group individually. If you go over the limit, you’ll see an error message until the next month begins.
    • Unsent messages don’t carry over to the next month. This limit includes messages sent directly from a group, to your 1st degree connections.
    • If you need to send more messages for recruiting, promoting, or connecting with members outside your network, we offer many alternatives. Please check out our Premium accounts or Recruiter product options which include InMail messages and recruiting tools to make the most of LinkedIn.
  2. You have to be a member of a group for at least 4 days.
  3. You have to be a member of LinkedIn for at least 30 days in order to send messages to fellow group members.

To send a free message directly to a group member:

From the member list

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  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group’s name.
  3. Click the number of members in the group near the top right.
  4. Click the Send message link under the member’s name.
    • This link will appear only if the member’s settings allow them to be contacted by other group members.
  5. Your inbox will appear.
  6. Create your message and click Send Message.

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1 Comment on “Update: New Limits on Messaging LinkedIn Group Members by @ChrisRussell

  1. This has ben one of the most disastrous changes made by LinkedIn to its group products, and that says a lot given the long history of backwards “improvements” over the years.

    The new “limit of 15” prevents group managers from challenging would-be joiners about their reasons for wanting to join, from explaining to a poster why their post was deleted, and from sending a private reply to someone who posted a discussion. If you manage a large group (or several) with thousands of members and hundreds of monthly requests to join, 15 messages per month is ridiculous. The only solution LinkedIn offers is that they can sell you an upgraded membership. Even at the $1000 annual spending level, you will only get 30 “InMail” messages per month. You will have to pay thousands of dollars annually to get a higher number.

    Many group managers are now overtly discussing, in the “Group Manager Community” group within LinkedIn, how to use a different system to create communities, or how to go on a negative publicity rampage, through the technical press and Twitter, to force LinkedIn to revert the worst changes it recently made. So far, LinkedIn has been completely tone-deaf. All complaints are met with the bland, textbook answer that “we’re gald you’re sharing your feedback with us, our goal is to make the group product great” as if the complainers had been speaking in some unintelligible foreign language.

    Presenting the change with an ineffective guide on how to send messages, and without acknowledging the nightmare that the new policy creates for group managers, does not serve the audience well.

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