The masses are saying, Help, Wayne! I want my old LinkedIn home page back!

Sorry, my friends. I know I'm the LinkedIn expert, but I don't have a simple solution. As a matter of fact, some of the home-page features we've grown to love JANE: Shot July 8 ... also, please mark for Vettaare no longer available. We can only hope and pray that they'll return in some form or fashion. However, I wouldn't recommend holding your breath until they return.

But let me share with you the new location of some features and a workaround for others. Then I'll close with a review of one of my favorite features that appears to be long gone.

People You May Know

Hover over the Add Connections icon, scroll downScreen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.01.08 PM to People You May Know, and click See all to see the full list. That list, by the way, goes on and on.

The list is generated based on information LinkedIn knows about you, and it's still one of the best ways to find new connections.

Who's Viewed Your Profile

This is now located in a more prominent place on the home page--center spot on the top of the page. It's definitely deserving of that prime location, because it's LinkedIn's #1 rated feature based on my latest LinkedIn user survey. Be sure to check this often, especially if you're on a free LinkedIn account, because you only get to see the last five people who checked you out.

For more information on just what you should do with this information, read my article  "Who's Viewed Your Profile: LinkedIn's Top Rated Feature."

Total Number of First-Degree ConnectionsScreen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.31.30 PM

This number is directly tied to your success on LinkedIn. Therefore, it's hard to believe it isn't displayed as prominently as it once was.

The best way to now find out how many first-level connections you have is to click Advanced on your top toolbar, check 1st Connections in the Relationship column, and then click the blue Search button in the left-hand column. Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.34.40 PM

The number will then be displayed at the top of the screen.

Who's Viewed Your Updates

Since I'm a numbers guy at heart, I loved the visual statistics we used to get on our status updates (views, shares, "likes" and comments), but for the most part it's gone. Once in a while your top dashboard will display a single statistic for one of your updates, but it's too inconsistent and random to be helpful.

So, there you have it. You can start breathing again and be confident that there's one more thing you can count on in life besides death and taxes--LinkedIn is going to change.