"@Keith - you can message from your free account, but, then again, if the person is not a first level connection, you have to find out the other people's last name, find the group in which they are in (that you are also in) and THEN you can…"
"@Brian - I think you are mistaken. When I try to message group members to whom I am NOT a first connection, I have to use an Inmail. LI's reply to me was "Well, you can still "message" your first level…"
"Amy - I do have a paid account (lowest tier). If one doesn't use that, how can you tell if a 3rd party connection is a member of your group or not? LI does not give you the capacity to expand the view. Help?"
"OK - I just tried to send a message to a fellow group member and I received this message: "Note: Messages to fellow group members now require Inmail credits." That's NOT what LinkedIn said would happen..."
"I just received this email from LI Customer Support:
LinkedIn Customer Support Message
Subject: rumor re messaging via groups
At LinkedIn, we want to provide a simple and useful experience for everyone. So from time…"
"I would like to know why anyone would now join LI if one can no longer communicate with group members. I have made so many contacts through Irina's group and the exchange of knowledge via free messaging has been invaluable. So,…"