Are there specific 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 many features and functions you might not know about, which you can use to personalize and improve your user experience.
Combined with the extensive security and personalization settings available on the LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, the 10 functions and features described below will provide you with a smoother, more rewarding user experience.
Every day, people ask me how to do something on LinkedIn. I have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about LinkedIn along with the answers.
10 Random LinkedIn FAQs (With Answers)
How to manage LinkedIn invitations
1. Managing and canceling 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 connection requests you have, visit the Sent invitations page to see each of the current unaccepted requests you have and when you sent them.
To get to this page, go to My Network in the main top navigation bar.
On the network page, in the box containing current incoming connection requests, you will see Manage all in the top right corner. Click this link.
Under Manage invitations, click Sent. Here, you will see a list of all your pending invitations (connection requests sent).
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.
2. Engage with posts as your Company page
While scrolling through your newsfeed on the LinkedIn homepage, you may find posts that you want to engage with as your company rather than yourself.
Here is a little-known trick to help you do this quickly and easily.
Go to your company page, and copy the url. It will look like this:
Grab the number portion of this link. In this example, it would be:
Next, add this number to this piece of a link:
In this example, it will look like this:
Now, I will show you where and how to add this to engage with others on behalf of your company, as your Company page.
When you find a post that you want to engage with as your Company page, click on the three dots “…” located in the top right corner of the post, and select Copy link to post.
Paste this link into the address bar of a new window. It will open a page with that single post.
At the bottom of the post, you will see your profile image beside the comment box.
Next, take that end piece of the link you created with your Company page ID (?actorCompanyId=YOURCOMPANYPAGEID) and paste it at the end of the link for the post.
It will look like this:
Your Company page profile image will show up beside the comment box.
Now you can engage (react, comment or share) with the post as your Company page.
3. Manage who can send you LinkedIn connection requests
Depending on your Who can send you invitations settings, some of the connection requests sent to you might not reach you.
In the Communications area of your LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, you can choose what connection requests you want to receive. The choices 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 use LinkedIn to generate leads for your business and/or want to grow your network, I recommend you set this setting to “Everyone.”
How to manage your LinkedIn connections
4. How to remove a LinkedIn connection
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 LinkedIn profile
- they are a competitor you are concerned about.
You can remove a LinkedIn connection in two ways.
The first is by going to the connection’s profile and clicking More… located to the right of the Message button. Select Remove connection.
CAUTION: You will NOT get a warning. If you click on this, the person will no longer be connected to you.
Be sure about your decision to remove a connection. Some of the potential consequences of removing a connection include the loss of:
- the ability to send them a message
- notifications of 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. 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 More… located beside the Message button.
Select Remove Connection.
Finish by choosing to Remove connection.
Your connection will NOT be notified you have removed them as a connection, and only you will be able to reinitiate the connection process, should you decide to reconnect.
5. How to block a LinkedIn member
Sometimes, you want to block (or unblock) another member on LinkedIn. You can block up to 250 people.
This will not only block all contact with your unwanted connection but also remove your ability to see your blocked connection’s profiles and updates – and vice versa. You won’t show up in their Who’s viewed my profile page, and LinkedIn will stop suggesting you to each other in features such as 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 the effects of removing a connection, such as losing any recommendations or endorsements you gave each other).
To block a LinkedIn member, go to their profile on your computer. Click More… located to the right of the Message button.
This will open a box where you can choose whether you want to block or report them. Check Block <their 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 Settings & Privacy page at a later date.
6. How to unsubscribe from LinkedIn notifications
As you get more connections, you will start to get more notifications, such as when they interact with you or when they start a new job.
If you don’t wish to be notified of a specific type of event (such as a new job), you can turn it 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 Turn off.
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 View Settings.
Go to Activity in your network to turn on any notifications you still want to receive.
7. How to hide status updates from your connections
From time to time, you may want to hide a status update from a connection or unfollow their updates altogether in the newsfeed.
To do this, click the three-dot icon located in the top right corner of your connection’s post.
If you want to hide a specific update, hit Hide this post.
You can undo this right away if you change your mind by clicking Undo.
To unfollow all the status updates of that connection, hit Unfollow <THEIR NAME>.
Again, if you change your mind right away, click the Undo link.
If you change your mind later on, you can unhide their status updates from the LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, in the Privacy area under Blocking and hiding.
8. How to mute or leave LinkedIn group messages (and delete conversations)
Few things are more annoying than being added to a large group conversation you have no interest in.
If this happens to you, you can remove yourself from the conversation and stop getting notifications of replies.
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 of the message in the right corner. From here, you can choose Leave conversation.
Once you have left the conversation, you will see this indicated in the message area. You will NOT be able to rejoin the conversation once you have left it.
You can take this a step further by deleting the message entirely from your message area.
Again, click on the three horizontal dots at the top of the message, and select Delete conversation.
Note: if you delete a conversation without first leaving it, you will still receive new replies and notifications added to the group message. Be sure to leave the conversation first, and then delete it to stop all notifications about it.
If the message is outright spam, you may wish to Report this conversation before you delete it.
If you want to stop receiving notifications every time someone replies within a group conversation – without leaving or deleting the conversation – select Mute conversation.
Embedding LinkedIn posts on your website or blog
9. How to embed a LinkedIn status update on your blog or website
You can easily embed a LinkedIn status update, yours or someone else’s, on your website or blog.
To embed a post, click on the three-dot icon located in the top right corner of the post you wish to use, and click Embed this post.
This will open a popup with the code you can copy and paste into your blog post.
If you want to share that post on one of your other social media channels, you can copy the post’s link:
- click on the three-dot icon located in the top right corner of the post
- click Copy link to post.
Unknown benefits of LinkedIn paid memberships
10. How to turn on Open Profile messages and Premium LinkedIn membership visibility
If you are wondering what type of LinkedIn plan is right for you, read this comprehensive article: LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs. Premium Business vs. Sales Navigator.
As a Premium LinkedIn member, you can show or hide your Premium status.
The benefits to having your Premium Status turned on include:
- the ability to receive Open Profile messages
- displaying the Premium Profile badge on your profile and next to your name in search results.
If you are using LinkedIn for lead generation, you will want to turn the Open Profile 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 (always a possibility), this feature makes it easier for interested prospects or partners to reach out to you.
To turn on/off the Premium Profile Badge or Open Profile messages, click the pencil icon located on the right side of your profile below the cover image:
Click the down arrow beside the PREMIUM icon in the top right corner.
Check or uncheck Premium Profile Badge or Open Profile, as you prefer, and hit Save.
NOTE: To receive open messages, you will need to check and save Premium Profile Badge as well as Open Profile. Then, you must access your LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page and go to the Preferences area under Communications. Open the Messages from members and partners section, and select Allow Open Profile messages to be set to Yes.
Summary: random things on LinkedIn
With the constant updates and changes, it can be hard to stay on top of the different features 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 features do you often use on LinkedIn to create a better experience on the platform? Have I missed an important feature or a random thing on LinkedIn you are curious about? Let me know in the comments below.