DID YOU KNOW….
LinkedIn is the most overlooked social network out there with more than 467 million members in over 200 countries and territories? In the US alone, there are over 122 million members.
With that being said, I wanted to focus my time today on the hidden features you probably didn’t know existed on LinkedIn.
Managing your LinkedIn Invitations
If you are like me, you get a lot of LinkedIn invitations to connect and you may also forget who you sent invitations to.
All you have to do is click on My Network at the top of the page and then click on Manage All. Here you can see all the invitations that were sent to you as well as all the invitations you have sent to people.
Under the Sent area, you can see who hasn’t accepted your request to connect yet or you can withdraw your request.
Blocked Connection Requests
It could very well be possible you may not be getting all of your invitations to connect. It all depends on how your settings are set up under the Who can send you invitations area.
To see what your settings are set at, click on Me where your profile picture is at the top right and click on Settings & Privacy.
LinkedIn will then open up a new window where you can click on Communications. Then you want to click on Who can send you invitations.
You are given three choices:
- Everyone on LinkedIn (recommended)
- Only people who know your email address or appear in your “Imported Contacts” list
- Only people who appear in your “Imported Contacts” list
If you are trying to generate leads and grow your business, then I would keep the setting to everyone.
Viewing Your Network
Since LinkedIn has changed the way it works, some features are somewhat hard to find. Especially when it comes to seeing who you are connected to.
To view your connections, click on My Network at the top and then click on See all under your connections
Here you can sort your connections by Recently Added, First Name or Last Name.
You can also Search your connections as well as choose filters to make your search easier.
Right from the connections screen, you can send your connections messages. Just click on Message and a box will open towards the bottom right of your screen.
Let’s say you want to remove that person from being a connection. All you have to do is click the three dots next to Message and click on Remove Connection. TAKE NOTE: When you remove a connection, you are losing the ability to send them a message, see their updates, and any endorsements or recommendations they have given you.
Unsubscribing from Notifications
As your connection list grows, you will start getting more notifications, such as when they engage with your or their birthday. If you don’t want to be notified of a certain type of notification, you can turn these notifications off.
To do this, go to the Notifications page. Scroll your notifications until you find a notification type you want to turn off, such as birthdays. Click the three dots in the top right and click on Turn off all notifications of this type.
Hiding or Unfollowing a Connection
Just like Facebook, your newsfeed will be bombarded with status updates from your connections. For whatever reason, you may want to hide or unfollow a certain connection.
To do this, click the three dots located in the top right corner of their post. You can either Hide this post or Unfollow that connection.
Who is viewing your status updates and articles
As you have heard, it’s very important to get views, likes, comments, and shares. But do you know who is engaging with your stuff? Is it your 1st connections or 2nd connections? How do you find this out?
Go to your profile and under Your Articles & Activity, click on See all activity.
Click the number of views located in the bottom left corner of one of your posts or articles.
A box will open up showing your stats. Here you can see which companies have viewed your post, how many people with a certain title have viewed your post and where your biggest audience is located. The one stat you want to pay attention to is which part of your network viewed your post. Is it your 1st connections or 2nd and beyond? As you can see from my stats, most of my views came from my 2nd+ degree network.
As you know, social media is always changing and it can be hard staying up-to-date. I hope this post has been helpful to you when it comes to navigating LinkedIn.
What’s your favorite thing about LinkedIn? Comment below.
In my next blog post, I am going to talk about how to market to different generations on social media.
Until then, Keep Calm & Love Social Media!