LinkedIn's new user interface is rolling out. Under the banner of improving user experience, the social network is removing functionality from free releases to encourage users to pay for premium services. This, of course, they are entitled to do.
But as Irina Shamaeva points out in her blog, recruiters who pay thousands of dollars for LinkedIn do so to access talent. The talent is unlikely to be paying for premium services and so is now going to be getting less value from accessing LinkedIn. Therefore, these changes may actually disadvantage the people paying for the service. A brave approach.
Job seekers - even those with paid accounts - will no longer be able to search for people with title=Recruiter. Job search will be harder also because LinkedIn subscriptions changes will block a significant number of recruiters from using LinkedIn efficiently.