LinkedIn is doing some summer cleaning, ridding its homepage of clutter and debuting a simpler façade.
The business networking site is slowly rolling out its revamped homepage, which its hopes can provide a simpler user navigation process through various changes, including a more modern design and a richer update stream.
The simpler, cleaner design makes it easier to navigate the page and find updates, "whether that's a news article your boss has recently shared or it's to see who has just started a new job," LinkedIn product manager Caroline Gaffney wrote in a blog post.
By pulling relevant updates to the top of the page, LinkedIn users can now see the most important information first – trending topics, news, professional updates – without having to hunt for relevant news.
The completely refreshed look also comes with a meatier update stream, which includes photos and details without having a bulky "see more" link restricting information. Gaffney added that the new site will make it easier to engage in professional conversations by "liking," commenting on, or sharing updates.
This is just the beginning, though. Gaffney said there are more new features LinkedIn plans to bring to the homepage this year. There is no mention of changes to other pieces of the site, but after LinkedIn's recent split with Twitter, it may be taking some time away from third-party integration.
The redesign will hit users' pages over the next few weeks.
In the last year, LinkedIn has unveiled numerous incarnations of its mobile apps, updating its iOS and Android platforms in August 2011, before finally hitting the iPad in April. A month later, the network was released on the Windows Phone.
LinkedIn may also want to consider a security upgrade as part of its latest refresh package: the update comes shortly after LinkedIn confirmed that hackers gained access to some of the enterprise social network's passwords, which resulted in a lawsuit.