Well, quite a bit of confirming feedback (17 comments) from other people in their LinkedIn frustrations... and LinkedIn has actually improved the usability of group subscribing/unsubscribing since my previous post - Failures of Process (and Thinking) in Social Networking.
If you expand the screenshot above, you can see that they've added a counter to the number of groups you are subscribed to (recall that I'd been told I was subscribed to 154 groups, and needed to get that down to 50... or they'd do it for me) - a simple counter is a wondrous thing. See, usability doesn't have to be painful!
Sadly, there is still no business logic in place that recognized their own self-imposed 50 group limit, so the system didn't pro-actively notify me that I was still over the limit. (sigh)
Still, one problem partly solved - thanks LinkedIn!
Secondly, they did make it easier to unsubscribe or leave a group - refer back to my previous post, but the short story is that it was a multi-page, multi-click operation. Now, it's a single click from the group listing, and a simple confirmation that you want to leave/stay right on the same page (see below).
Upon confirming, they changed another previous user experience snafu, in that they used to send you back to the home page of LinkedIn rather than back to the groups listing. Now, assuming that you were in a LinkedIn group mindset, they put you back to the listing, to cull the list more, manage a group, see the list of group members, etc..
So, that's all great news!
Unfortunately, the bad news is that you still can't do much of anything with the people in your groups.
Well, we'll have to see what they've been hiding over the years, when they finally unleash whatever top-secret, never-seen-before functionality they've been brewing.
May I humbly suggest a tagline for LinkedIn - "So slow, we make Microsoft look agile" or perhaps "Social networking - connect and you're done. No seriously, there's nothing else you can do." Frustration, thy name is LinkedIn! And Twitter... but that's another story for another day.
Any other lingering oddities that you, dear reader, are seeing with LinkedIn or other similar services? Pipe up!