Are there certain functions you wish LinkedIn had that could help you manage your network better?
Or are there things you’ve heard you may be able to do on LinkedIn but have no idea where to look for them?
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 (Updated)
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 My Network in the top navigation bar. At the top in the box with any current connection requests you will see Manage all in the top right. Click this link.
Under Manage invitations, click Sent, near the top of the box.
Here you will see a list of all of your pending invitations. If you send a request to the wrong person or change your mind, no problem. Click ‘Withdraw’ to the right of their profile image, to withdraw your connection request.
It is important to remember that canceling a connection request will not add it back to your invitation limit, which I will address in more depth next.
2. LinkedIn Invitation Limits (Updated)
You may or may not be aware that each LinkedIn member is provided with a limited number of invitations that they can send out (the last limit stated by LinkedIn was 3000, however they are no longer publishing the limit.).
For this reason, you’ll want to ensure that you make the most of each invite by being selective about who you send one to – 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”, your account will be restricted and you will have to add an email address every time you send a connection request to someone new.
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 (Updated)
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 not reach you.
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.
You are unable to unblock or view your blocked invitations.
How To Manage Your LinkedIn Connections
4. Removing a LinkedIn Connection (Updated)
From time to time, you may want to remove an existing connection. This may be because they have started to spam you right after connecting, they appear to be a fake profile 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 three dots located to the right of their profile picture.
Click Remove connection.
You will NOT get a warning. So, if you click on this, the person will no longer be connected to you.
Be sure before removing a connection as some of the potential consequences of removing a connection include the loss of:
- 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.)
You can also remove a connection from the Connections page. Go to the My Network page and click on your number of connections, located in the top left corner of the page.
Search for the person you wish to remove. Simply click on the three dots located to the right side of the Message button in their profile box and click Remove connection.
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 (Updated)
There may be times when you want to block (or unblock) another member on LinkedIn. You can block up to 250 people.
This will block not only all contact, but removes both of your ability to see each other’s 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. LinkedIn won’t notify them that you have blocked them and only you will be able to unblock them.
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. Click the three dots located to the right of their profile picture.
This will open up a box where you can choose whether you want to block or report them. Check Block NAME.
LinkedIn will now give you a list of what will happen after you block them. Click Block.
You can always unblock a member from the LinkedIn Privacy & Settings page at later date.
6. Unsubscribe from Notifications Types (New)
As you get more connections, you will start to get more notifications, such as when they interact with you or on their birthday. If you don’t wish to be notified of a certain type of notification (such as birthdays), you can simply turn these notifications off.
To do this, go to the Notifications page. Scroll down the notifications feed until you find the type of notification you wish to turn off. In that notification box, click the three dots located in the top right corner of the box. Click on Turn off all notifications of this type.
You can re-add a notification type at any time. Go to the notifications page and in the box in the top left corner, click Edit beside You’ve turned off X notifications.
7. Hide Status Updates from Your Connections (Updated)
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, click the three dots icon located in the top right corner of their post.
If you want to just hide the one update, hit Hide this post.
You can undo this right away if you change your mind by clicking Undo.
To unfollow all of that particular connection’s LinkedIn status updates, hit Unfollow THEIR NAME.
Again, if you change your mind right away, just click the Undo link.
If you change your 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 Message Conversations (Updated)
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 notifications of replies.
If you have no interest in participating in a particular group message, you can leave 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 this conversation before you delete it.
Sometimes you might not want to leave or delete the conversation, just stop receiving notifications every time someone replies. In this case, you would just select Mute conversation.
Some Benefits of LinkedIn Paid Memberships
9. Show Your Premium LinkedIn Membership (Updated)
As a Premium LinkedIn member, you can show or hide your Premium status.
The benefits to having your Premium Status turned on includes:
- 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), click the pencil icon located to the right side of your profile picture. Click the edit pencil beside the PREMIUM icon in the top left corner.
Check or uncheck Premium Profile as you prefer and hit Save.
10. Turn On Open Profile Messages (Updated)
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, click on the pencil icon located to the right of your profile photo. Next click the pencil icon beside the PREMIUM icon in the top left corner.
You will need to check and save Premium Profile as well 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.