Back in August 4, 2009, LinkedIn for the first time placed a restriction on the number of LinkedIn Groups once can join. The official E-Mail that I received at the time looked like this:
“We are in the process of adding new functionality to enhance the experience of Groups, including the recent release of a searchable directory. We are also working with our development teams to bring new tools and widgets to this collaborative space throughout the rest of 2008. We are also at this time making some changes to the user-created groups we host. These changes include adding a limit to the number of user-created groups any LinkedIn member may be part of at one time. Currently we are setting that limit at membership in 50 (fifty) user-created groups.”
That restriction of 50 groups held for more than six years, but back in the fall of 2015 LinkedIn announced a number of enhancements to LinkedIn Groups, one of them including raising the maximum number of LinkedIn Groups one can join from 50 to 100.
Back in 2009, I write that I personally have no problem with this policy, because whether its 50 or 100, there are plenty of groups to join and LinkedIn members to engage with. If you felt limited by the past limitation of 50 groups, feel free to celebrate and join more! Either way, as opposed to liking Facebook Pages or joining Facebook Groups, LinkedIn does have this limitation, so please be aware of it.
Since I wrote the above post there have been many loyal and hardcore LinkedIn members who have cried about this limitation, but combined with the new Search capabilities and Discussion boards, I believe it is now much easier to find, join, and communicate within groups. If you really think about what your objectives are in joining, and you look at membership numbers as well as each group’s objective, you should be able to easily narrow down your membership numbers as I have. For instance, there is a Gmail users group…do you intend to connect with other Gmail users to exchange information or do you just want access to a group with large membership numbers? If you are looking for membership numbers, just enter the search button on Group Search with an empty text box and you can confirm what the most popular ones are in descending order of membership. Until now you had no idea of how many people were in each group until joining, and even then your search results were limited to 500. So thank you LinkedIn for this additional functionality!!!