Or is it heaven? From what I have heard so far opinion is split but the majority do seem to be against these changes.
I am very aware that change is often hard to deal with and I am especially guilty of writing things off before giving them a chance to grow on me so here is my unbiased analysis of the changes so that you can make up your own mind.
As a starting point here is a side by side comparison of the main left/centre column;
As you can see they have put your activity stats right at the top of the page and moved the status update bar down a little.
Pulse is pretty similar visually (4 posts reduced to 3) although the algorithm that decides what we see is apparently very different.
Looking more closely at the new activity stats you can see that they have reduced the amount of information we can see without clicking through;
The 'people you may know' section still appears in the top right hand corner for some users but now alternates with a 'ways to keep in touch' for those more connected;
This is the same as the area at the top of the page under Connections > Keep in touch.
It would also appear that the relatively new 'You recently visited' section has completely disappeared;
Status updates still appear under the Pulse news feed and look fairly similar although the algorithm behind them has apparently changed, only time will tell as to the effect this has. One clear change is that attached images are now significantly bigger than they previously were. The below comparison shows exactly the same two updates on both the old (left) and new homepages. The update with a link is virtually the same and the picture remains a similar size whereas the attached image update shows a significant increase in size.
I believe this is very important as 'image updates' have been consistently outperforming 'link updates' in terms of views, likes & comments on the old homepage so this change is likely to make an even greater difference. Notice also that headlines (first 82 characters) are now showing next to the name.
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Finally LinkedIn have given greater prominence to paid job advertisements that the algorithm decides you 'might be interested in'. This is irrelevant of your privacy settings, whilst you can elect to not have paid job ads in your stream these three adverts will always appear at the top of your update stream;
So there you have it, I think that was pretty unbiased!
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