Starting today, LinkedIn members will begin seeing a number of enhancements to the professional networking site, including a new unified search feature and a smarter query intent algorithm that continuously serve up more relevant results.
With over 5.7 billion searches performed on LinkedIn last year, the new unified search experience is one of the most anticipated upgrades to the site. During a product overview last week, LinkedIn’s Brad Mauney, Product Lead, and Asif Makhani, Engineering Lead, demonstrated how the new unified search feature serves up a list of people, companies, jobs and groups all in one comprehensive page of results. Members can then narrow their search results by modifying their filter selections.
In addition to the unified search experience that pulls content from across the site, LinkedIn is upgrading back-end functions with the roll-out of a smarter query intent algorithm that learns and understands a user’s intent over time, serving up more relevant results with every search performed.
Other LinkedIn upgrades include a new look to the advanced search page with additional filters that let members search by location, company and school. The new auto-complete feature prompts a list of search options as members type their search terms. The more searches a member performs, the more relevant their auto-complete options will become at predicting the type of content the member wants.
Along with the auto-complete upgrade, a suggested search feature will help members quickly find content by offering people or jobs related to their search terms as well as a preview of top results.
Members will also have access to automated alerts that send notifications when saved search results have changed.
LinkedIn’s new upgrades will start rolling out today and be available to all global members in the coming weeks.