LinkedIn’s “Takeaways” Feature Is a Terrible Use of Generative AI

A once-useful platform might become overrun with generic content.

Anna Burgess Yang

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I recently noticed a new feature as I was scrolling through LinkedIn. At the bottom of a post, I saw a few buttons. One said “Takeaways” and the other was different with each post.

Example of the takeaways button in LinkedIn
Source: My own screenshot

Curious (and assuming the sparkle icon meant that AI was involved), I clicked on it.

I was completely dismayed by the results.

The AI-powered Takeaways stripped the post of anything interesting. I got a generic recap, in bullet point format, with a suggestion for me at the end, either to create my own post or explore more information.

I immediately asked myself: what is LinkedIn even doing? Who thought this was a good use of generative AI?

AI-powered takeaways remove the human story

The most engaging posts on LinkedIn tell a story. Readers connect with the post because they can relate or have learned something.

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Anna Burgess Yang

Productivity geek + solopreneur. Niche freelance writer. #5amwritersclub frequent flyer. • https://start.annabyang.com/