Update: New Limits on Messaging LinkedIn Group Members by @ChrisRussell

Jun 22, 2015
This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.

If you like to send more than 15 messages per month to members of a LinkedIn group you belong to, you can no longer do that. LinkedIn has set new limits on this frequently used feature which was often touted as a way to “get around” their other InMail limitations.

The new guidelines are as follows:

You can send a message to a group member without being connected, and adjust your Member Message settings from within the group. However, there are limits:

  1. You can send 15 free 1:1 group messages to fellow group members each month. This limit is set for all the groups you belong to and not for each group individually. If you go over the limit, you’ll see an error message until the next month begins.
    • Unsent messages don’t carry over to the next month. This limit includes messages sent directly from a group, to your 1st degree connections.
    • If you need to send more messages for recruiting, promoting, or connecting with members outside your network, we offer many alternatives. Please check out our Premium accounts or Recruiter product options which include InMail messages and recruiting tools to make the most of LinkedIn.
  2. You have to be a member of a group for at least 4 days.
  3. You have to be a member of LinkedIn for at least 30 days in order to send messages to fellow group members.

To send a free message directly to a group member:

From the member list

  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group’s name.
  3. Click the number of members in the group near the top right.
  4. Click the Send message link under the member’s name.
    • This link will appear only if the member’s settings allow them to be contacted by other group members.
  5. Your inbox will appear.
  6. Create your message and click Send Message.

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This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.
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