Skip to main content

LinkedIn finally gets around to launching its own version of Stories

Hey, LinkedIn, what took you so long? The social network aimed primarily at professionals has finally heard about Stories, a feature started by Snapchat and copied by pretty much every other social media service since. And yes, that now includes LinkedIn.

It’s currently being tested for U.S.-based students and recent graduates using the LinkedIn app, hence the name: “Student Voices.”

The feature lets you post short videos — but not photos — as a collection for others to enjoy. The post vanishes after seven days, though can still be viewed by visiting the user’s Recent Activity section, accessible via their profile.

But take note — LinkedIn has put its own personal stamp on its Stories-like feature, encouraging users to add videos that say something interesting and positive about themselves.

“It’s a great way for students to build out their profile and have this authentic content that shows who they are and what their academic and professional experiences have been,” LinkedIn product manager Isha Patel told TechCrunch. “Having these videos live on their profile can help students grow their network, prepare for life after graduation, and help potential employers learn more about them.”

Patel noted how students enjoy using their smartphones to capture special moments on video, “so we’ve created this new product to help them connect with one another around shared experiences on campus to help create a sense of community.” So long as the videos are shot with their sensible face on rather than the bedraggled mess of a mug recorded during some wacky booze-fueled antics, then they should be just fine.

Indeed, LinkedIn is keen to emphasize that it envisages students using the feature to share their academic experiences like internships, career fairs, and class projects that help to tell potential recruiters more about themselves.

According to TechCrunch, the company plans to roll out Student Voices to more people on its platform over time, but for now, it’s keen to see how it goes down with its younger users.

With Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and others all going after Snapchat with their own versions of Stories, it was only a matter of time — albeit a rather long time — before LinkedIn cooked up its own effort.

The new feature looks like a bid by LinkedIn to attract a younger crowd to its platform that it hopes will stick with the service throughout their careers.

Of course, if Student Voices turns out to be a flop, it’ll no doubt go the same way as Skype’s Highlights, another Stories-like effort that the Microsoft-owned company eventually realized “didn’t resonate with a majority of [its] users.”

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
How to make a GIF from a YouTube video
woman sitting and using laptop

Sometimes, whether you're chatting with friends or posting on social media, words just aren't enough -- you need a GIF to fully convey your feelings. If there's a moment from a YouTube video that you want to snip into a GIF, the good news is that you don't need complex software to so it. There are now a bunch of ways to make a GIF from a YouTube video right in your browser.

If you want to use desktop software like Photoshop to make a GIF, then you'll need to download the YouTube video first before you can start making a GIF. However, if you don't want to go through that bother then there are several ways you can make a GIF right in your browser, without the need to download anything. That's ideal if you're working with a low-specced laptop or on a phone, as all the processing to make the GIF is done in the cloud rather than on your machine. With these options you can make quick and fun GIFs from YouTube videos in just a few minutes.
Use GIFs.com for great customization
Step 1: Find the YouTube video that you want to turn into a GIF (perhaps a NASA archive?) and copy its URL.

Read more
I paid Meta to ‘verify’ me — here’s what actually happened
An Instagram profile on an iPhone.

In the fall of 2023 I decided to do a little experiment in the height of the “blue check” hysteria. Twitter had shifted from verifying accounts based (more or less) on merit or importance and instead would let users pay for a blue checkmark. That obviously went (and still goes) badly. Meanwhile, Meta opened its own verification service earlier in the year, called Meta Verified.

Mostly aimed at “creators,” Meta Verified costs $15 a month and helps you “establish your account authenticity and help[s] your community know it’s the real us with a verified badge." It also gives you “proactive account protection” to help fight impersonation by (in part) requiring you to use two-factor authentication. You’ll also get direct account support “from a real person,” and exclusive features like stickers and stars.

Read more
Here’s how to delete your YouTube account on any device
How to delete your YouTube account

Wanting to get out of the YouTube business? If you want to delete your YouTube account, all you need to do is go to your YouTube Studio page, go to the Advanced Settings, and follow the section that will guide you to permanently delete your account. If you need help with these steps, or want to do so on a platform that isn't your computer, you can follow the steps below.

Note that the following steps will delete your YouTube channel, not your associated Google account.

Read more