by Ray Hayes

LinkedIn has become one the most essential tools to use for recruiters, small business owners and job seekers. The social media platform provides a valuable way for users to brand themselves while also networking with others. One weakness, the platform did have, however was the inability to send voice messages.

LinkedIn recently decided to correct this problem with LinkedIn Messaging, a new tool that will allow users to record and send voice messages up to one minute long. The new voice message has officially launched for iOS and Android users and you will be allowed to send messages on their mobile apps or on the web. The tool will launch globally in the next few weeks.

LinkedIn also provided a reason why users should take advantage of voice messaging:

Easily message on-the-go: People speak about four times faster than they type, making voice messaging great for explaining longer or more complex ideas without the time and involvement of typing and editing a message.

Get to it when you can: Leaving a voice message can often be better for a recipient than calling them since they can listen and respond when they have a free moment.

Better express yourself: Speaking in your own voice allows you to build a more personal connection and effectively communicate. It’s easier for your tone and personality to come through, which can sometimes get lost in translation in written communications.

So how does it work?

Users will need to tap the microphone icon on their mobile keyboard and hold the microphone in the circle to record.  To send a message, users will need to release the icon. If you want to cancel a message before you send it, simply slide your finger away from the microphone icon while holding it down.