Do you sometimes wonder just how many unaccepted (but not rejected) LinkedIn connection requests you have floating out there?
Or perhaps you wish that you could remove yourself from that annoying group conversation – or not have to see your ex’s profile pic, which seems to appear on every other page you visit.
Thankfully LinkedIn has a number of features and functions that you might not be aware of, which you can use to personalize and improve your user experience.
Combined with the extensive security and personalization ability available in the LinkedIn Privacy & Setting page, here are 10 functions or features that you might not know of that LinkedIn offers, to provide you with a better, more personalized user experience.
Each day I receive messages asking me how to do one thing or another on LinkedIn. I have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions along with the answers.
10 Frequently Asked Questions (With Answers) About LinkedIn
How To Manage LinkedIn Invitations
1. Managing & Canceling Existing LinkedIn Connection Requests
It can be hard to remember everyone you have sent a connection request to.
That is where the Sent invitations page comes in handy. If you are having a hard time remembering how many outstanding connections requests you have, you can just visit the Sent invitations page and quickly see each of the current unaccepted requests you have and what day they were sent.
To get to this page, go to the Pending invitations page. Click the icon with the down arrow located near the top right corner and click on Sent invitations.
If you personalized the connection request, you can see the message you sent by hovering over the envelope located to the right of their name.
If you send a request to the wrong person or change your mind, no problem.
When this happens, just go to the Sent Invitations page. From here you can click the circle located to the left of each invitation that you want to cancel and then hit the blue Cancel request button located in the top right corner of the page.
It is important to remember that canceling an connection request will not add it back to your Invitation limit, which I will address in more depth next.
2. LinkedIn Invitation Limits
You may or may not be aware that each LinkedIn member is provided with a limited number of invitations that they can send out (last I heard this was 3,000).
For this reason, ensure that you make the most of each invite by being selective about who you send one too – such as the people you know and do business with as well as your ideal prospects and clients.
You should also ALWAYS send a personalized LinkedIn connection request to increase the likelihood that they will accept your request. Remember that if you get five people clicking “I Don’t Know” or “Report Spam”, your account will be restricted and you will have to add an email address every time you want to send a connection request.
If and when you reach your invitation limit, LinkedIn welcomes you to contact them to request an increase.
Be aware that there is no guarantee that you will get an increase and that they decide who will be given an increase on a case by case basis. LinkedIn takes your acceptance ratio of invitations into account, meaning that if you are sending out a lot of invitations but very few are being accepted, the chances of getting more is low.
3. Manage Blocked Connection Requests
Depending on your how your settings are set up under the Who can send you invitations area, some of the connection requests sent to you might end up blocked.
Simply put, connection requests that don’t fall under the preferences you have set, will be moved to the Blocked invitations page.
In the Communications area of your LinkedIn Privacy & Setting page, you can choose what connection requests you want to receive. The choices offered are:
- 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 using LinkedIn to generate leads for your business or you want to grow your network, I recommend that you leave it set to everyone.
Any blocked invitations that you have you can find on your Blocked invitations page.
It is a good idea to go through these occasionally and clear the page. To do this, go to the Pending invitations page. Click the icon with the down arrow located near the top right corner and click on Blocked invitations.
On this page you will see a list of the connection requests that were blocked. For each connection request you will see the personalized message if they sent one as well as the date they were blocked.
How To Manage Your LinkedIn Connections
4. Removing a LinkedIn Connection
From time to time, you may want to remove an existing connection. This may be because they are spammy or perhaps they are a competitor you are concerned about.
There are two ways to remove a LinkedIn connection. The first is by going to their profile and clicking the down arrow beside the Endorse button.
Click on Remove.
A warning will come up letting you know what you will lose when you remove this connection. There are a number of potential consequences of removing a connection such as:
- all your relationship notes
- the ability to send them a message
- their updates and changes
- any endorsements or recommendations exchanged between the two of you (they are not restored, even if you reconnect later.)
To finalize the process, click the blue Remove button.
You can also remove a connection from the Connections page, located under My Network in the top navigation.
Simply hover over the person you wish to remove and click Remove. Again you will be given a warning page where you can finish the process or cancel.
You can also remove a connection from your mobile device.
Go to the person’s profile and tap on the three horizontal dots located in the top right hand corner.
Tap Remove Connection.
Finish by choosing to Remove connection or cancel.
Your connection will NOT be notified that you have removed them as a connection and only you will be able to reinitiate the connection process, should you decide you wish to reconnect.
5. Blocking a LinkedIn Member
There may be times when you may want to block (or unblock) another member on LinkedIn. You can block up to 50 people.
This blocks not only all contact, but removes both of your ability to see each others profiles and updates. You won’t show up in their Who’s viewed my profile page and LinkedIn will stop suggesting you to each other in features like People You May Know and People Also Viewed.
If you are connected, it will also remove them as a connection (with all of the effects of removing a connection such as losing any recommendations or endorsements).
To block a LinkedIn member, go to their profile on your computer (as of writing this, there is no way to block someone on your mobile device). Click the down arrow beside the Send InMail (or Endorse) button. Now click on Block or report. This will open up a box where you can choose whether you want to block or report them.
Check Block and then click on the Continue button.
LinkedIn will now give you a list of what will happen after you block them. Click Agree to complete the block.
You can always unblock a member from the LinkedIn Privacy & Settings page at later date.
Once unblocked, you may not block them again for 48 hours. This action will also not reconnect you to them. You will need to send them a new connection request if you want to connect again.
6. Unsubscribe From Your Connections LinkedIn Publisher Notifications
As you get more connections, you will start to get more notifications, such as when they publish a post on LinkedIn Publisher. If you don’t wish to be notified of their article updates, you can simply unsubscribe from them.
To do this, go to the Notifications icon in the top black bar and hover over the notification you wish to unsubscribe from. Click the X in the right corner of the notification box.
You will then be asked to confirm your desire by clicking the blue Unsubscribe button.
Once the process is finished you will receive a confirmation.
7. Hide Status Updates From Your Connections
From time to time you may also want to hide a status update from a connection or unfollow their updates all together in the newsfeed.
To do this, hover over the status update in the newsfeed on the homepage and click the down arrow that appears in the top right corner.
If you want to just hide the one update, hit Hide this particular update. You can undo this right away if you change your mind by clicking Undo.
To unfollow all of that connections LinkedIn status updates, click on the down arrow and hit Unfollow THEIR NAME.
Again if you change your mind right away, just click the Undo link.
If you change you mind later on, you can unhide their status updates from the LinkedIn Privacy & Settings page, in the Privacy area under Blocking & Hiding.
8. Muting, Leaving & Deleting Group Conversations
There are few things more annoying than being added to a large group conversation that you have no interest in. If and when this happens to you, you will want to be able to remove yourself from the conversation and stop getting any notifications.
If you have no interest in participating in a particular group message, you must start by leaving the conversation. Doing this will totally remove you from the conversation and stop you from receiving any new messages from the thread.
To do this, click on the message you want to select from the left bar. Next click on the three horizontal dots at the top on the message in the right corner. From here you can select Leave conversation.
Once you have left the message you will see this indicated in the message area. You will also not be able to rejoin the conversation once you have left.
You can take this a step further by deleting the message completely from your message area.
Again, click on the three horizontal dots at the top of the message and select Delete conversation.
It is important to note that if you delete a conversation without first leaving it, you will still receive new replies and notifications added to the group message. So be sure to leave the conversation and then delete it.
If the message is outright spam, you may wish to Report as Spam before you delete it.
Sometime you might not want to leave or delete the conversation, just stop receiving notifications every time someone replies. In this case, you would just Mute the conversation.
This is done again by clicking on the three horizontal dots at the top of the message and selecting Mute conversation.
Some Benefits of LinkedIn Premium
9. Show Your Premium LinkedIn Membership
As a Premium LinkedIn member you can show or hide your Premium status.
The benefits to having your Premium Status turned on includes:
- your profile photo is 30% bigger
- you can pick your background cover photo from a gallery of professional images
- a larger listing in the search results that includes your last two Publisher posts and a gold LinkedIn logo
- The ability to receive Open Profile messages (which I will explain in more detail next)
To show your premium membership (or hide it if you prefer), hover over Profile in the top navigation bar and click on Edit profile. Next hover over the top section on your profile and click the edit pencil beside the word PREMIUM in the top right corner.
Check or uncheck Premium Profile as you prefer and hit Save.
10. Turn On Open Profile Messages
If you are using LinkedIn for lead generation, then you will want to turn this Premium feature on.
Open Profile messages allow any other LinkedIn member to message you without sharing a group or using an InMail. While you might be concerned about getting more spam (which is always a possibility), this feature makes it easier for interested prospects or partners to reach out to you.
To turn on Open Profile messages, hover over Profile in the top navigation bar and click on Edit profile. Next hover over the top section on your profile and click the edit pencil beside the word PREMIUM in the top right corner.
You will need to check and save Premium Profile as well as as Open Profile in order to receive these messages.
Once you have done this you will need to access your LinkedIn Privacy & Settings page in the Communications area under the Messages from members section, to ensure that you are able to accept Open Profile messages.
With the constant updates and changes, it can be hard to stay on top of the different features and abilities that LinkedIn provides. I hope you have found this list of little-known features to be helpful in improving and controlling your user experience on LinkedIn.
What feature do you use often on LinkedIn to create a better experience? Have I missed an important feature or functionality? Let me know in the comments below.