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Getting Social: LinkedIn Groups and Subgroups

With almost 260 million members, working professionals can’t really afford not to be on LinkedIn. But, did you know there’s actually more to it than building and housing your online resume?

That’s right, similar to Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is also considered a social network. If you’ve been missing out on the social aspect of LinkedIn, groups are a great way to connect with people that are similar to you in some way (same industry, same company, same city, etc.).

For example, the official group for a university may comprise of students, alumni, faculty members, staff members or even sports fans. That’s a lot of people, and while they are all related to the university in some way, most of them probably have very different interests. For example, the faculty may want to discuss items that the sports fans do not find interesting and vice versa.


LinkedIn subgroups allow group members to form their own subgroup within the group. Going back to our university example, perhaps a subgroup would be created for all the faculty members, one for the students, one for alumni, and so on. At that point, a group of students who only study online might want to form their own subgroup, or the business faculty might create their own subgroup. The possibilities are nearly endless.

If this sounds like something you want to take advantage of, let me warn you, LinkedIn subgroups aren’t the easiest thing to find if you are a first-time user. However, the effort is worth it. So worth it in fact, that we put together some easy steps to help you find your LinkedIn group’s subgroups. Happy hunting!

  1. Go to the main group page.
  2. At the top right of the page, you should see an ‘i’ icon.
  3. Click the ‘i’ icon.
  4. Click the number next to the “Subgroups” category.
  5. Click “+Join” underneath the subgroup you want to join.
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