If you are using LinkedIn to further your career, look for job offers, engage in remote work, or hire professionals for your business or the company you work for, you may have noticed how inefficient the LinkedIn messaging platform is. Some people often find themselves missing new messages and end up replying way after a long-awaited opportunity is gone; others are having trouble managing and keeping track of their messages — especially if they receive over ten messages on a daily basis. So, how can you organize your LinkedIn messages better? There is a tool that can help — it’s called Piwaa, and it can help you take your LinkedIn messaging to the next level.
What Is Piwaa?
Piwaa is a messaging tool that you can easily graft onto LinkedIn and substantially improve your efficiency when it comes to handling LinkedIn correspondence. The tool comes with a clear and simple interface and enriches your LinkedIn messaging experience with lots of practical features and extra functionality that help save time and get the most out of LinkedIn interactions.
Piwaa works as a Chrome extension, and you can get it directly from the Chrome Web Store. Once the extension is installed, it will create a messaging interface for your LinkedIn account with other integrated functionality and features. This way, you will be able to interact more efficiently with your LinkedIn prospects, organize your correspondence, sort through old messages, and ensure timely replies to important queries.
Why Does LinkedIn Need a New Mailbox?
LinkedIn is great. With over 575 million users worldwide and more than 260 million monthly active users, it is the world’s biggest professional network — and it’s growing every day. In the aftermath of the pandemic, more and more people are turning to LinkedIn in search of new job prospects or remote working opportunities — and the platform does a wonderful job of bringing together job seekers, HR professionals and business owners. In fact, according to a recent LinkedIn study, over 122 million people have landed an interview via LinkedIn and over 35.5 million people have been hired thanks to the connection made on the platform.
There are lots of factors that explain LinkedIn’s success:
- It’s the biggest online job market.
- It can also be a platform to connect to professionals in your career field and build relationships in the industry.
- LinkedIn makes job hunting easy: it lets users search for opportunities by keyword and location, set alerts for new openings based on career interests, and more.
- It provides lots of tools for career development and building a personal brand: users can add their portfolios, improve their search ranking on Google, create a database of references and referrals, and more.
- Thanks to LinkedIn, companies can learn more about their prospective hires before setting up interviews and job seekers can learn about businesses and their cultures and connect to those already employed in the company they are interested in before applying for a position.
- Plus, LinkedIn helps users stay on top of industry news, trends and reports.
However, the network’s messaging setup leaves a lot to be desired — and it hasn’t received notable upgrades in a long time. If you are a committed LinkedIn user, you probably have your own list of the app’s messaging shortcomings that have got in the way of your interactions on the platform.
So, where does the messaging on LinkedIn fall short? These are a few of the most commonly cited complaints:
Things on LinkedIn seem to get messy when you receive a lot of messages daily. With no way to organize them or apply tags or filters, users often find themselves drowning in new and old conversations, which, in turn, leads to delayed replies, miscommunication and missed opportunities.
If you want to find an older message on LinkedIn, you need to remember exactly who you were messaging and when the last message was sent. This can be tricky if you are talking to a lot of people and companies, and if you messaged someone a while ago, this means a lot of time spent on scrolling.
LinkedIn doesn’t allow users to sort conversations in any way that could actually be useful: the only way everything is arranged is by date, and there is no way to change that.
With every response, the conversation you respond to gets raised to the top. And this means that all your other messages get pushed way back and you need to scroll all the way down to find them.
And this is not an extensive list of issues that users may run into when using LinkedIn messaging. To sum things up, there are lots of ways in which messaging on LinkedIn can be improved. And this is where Piwaa comes in.
How Piwaa Improves LinkedIn Messaging
The main goal of Piwaa is to give you more control over your LinkedIn messaging so that you don’t feel overwhelmed when you have a lot of conversations and don’t miss important messages because of a cluttered and unorganized mailbox. The tool lets you customize your messaging experience and organize conversations using the tags and filters that work for you. And that’s not all.
Here are some of the things that Piwaa can do to make your LinkedIn messaging experience substantially better:
Piwaa makes sure that you don’t let good opportunities go by: it does that by letting you schedule automatic follow-ups so that you don’t forget to reply to a message and lose a prospect.
There is a nice snooze feature on board that lets you send reminders about conversations that you want to come back to later. So, if you’ve made a promise to send over your CV or another document, you will be reminded to go back to the message and do that.
With Piwaa, you can tag your prospects and then organize your conversations based on the tags you’ve applied. This makes it much easier to find older conversations and organize your mailbox.
You will have the option to save your LinkedIn replies and use them later to reply to generic questions and requests, making just a few edits to personalize your reply. This will save you lots of time when replying to a lot of introductory messages that ask you to introduce yourself, expand on your work experience, etc. This saved time can then be used to focus more on replies that need to be customized and create a more productive flow for your job search.
With Piwaa, you also get to see all of your messages in an “infinite scroll” and then remove the ones that you’ve replied to, leaving only those that remain to be processed. This makes your mailbox look much less cluttered and simply creates a concise to-do list when it comes to replying to messages. And there’s more.
Is This Safe for a LinkedIn Account?
Using Piwaa poses no risk to your LinkedIn account — to the platform, it will look like you are using the standard LinkedIn messaging system.
It’s true that LinkedIn has tools that help it detect extensions and there are extensions that have been banned by the platform’s Terms & Conditions.
Piwaa is not on the list of LinkedIn’s banned extensions, and there is no reason for LinkedIn to ever include it in that list. Piwaa does not violate any of the platform’s rules and simply provides added value to LinkedIn’s users.
How Does Piwaa Manage Data?
Whenever you use a new app or extension, especially the one that has to do with messaging and handling your personal information, there is a concern on how your private data will be used. So, how does Piwaa use your data?
Conversations for the messaging app are taken directly from the LinkedIn server, and no messages are stored on Piwaa’s database. The only exception is the responses that the user records in Piwaa directly using the Saved replies feature we’ve touched upon above.
No information about your LinkedIn prospects is stored on Piwaa’s database. The only information kept is the first and last name, profile picture and message ID when the user takes action on a profile: adds a memo, tags a prospect, schedules a follow-up message, and so on.
Overall, you can think of Piwaa as an extension to your LinkedIn account, the key purpose of which is to make your messaging experience better. It doesn’t require heavy downloads and won’t make changes to the appearance of your account or its contents — what it will do is help you organize your LinkedIn messaging in a way that will make your presence on the platform substantially more productive.