Welcome to episode 111, more of the mobile dilemma later but I want to start with an ongoing issue that everyone seems to be talking about;
It’s NOT Facebook!
LinkedIn is clearly different to Facebook in that it is a business & professional network but it’s not different in that it is a network of people and it’s social!
Rather than complain about inappropriate posts wouldn’t it be better to pay more attention to those connections who are posting more interesting content and building stronger relationships with them?
I saw a comment this week which I thought hit the nail on the head;
How about you focus on what you do, what value you bring, who you help, who you identify, contact in an authentic not all-about-you-and-what-you-want way, meet in person, build rapport, work out how you might help each other.
The key is to understand, truly understand what you want out of being on LinkedIn (& out of Business/Professional networking in general) and then... realize it's all about people, other people. Get good at researching using LinkedIn and 'what's in my feed' will be less of concern to you because that won't be where you find the value. The value will be in what YOU do.
One further solution to this, that I didn't mention in the recording is that you can block the original person that posted the update rather than hide the people that are commenting. I haven't tried this yet but in theory it should work.
Interesting stuff I saw this week
- Lynda is now available on Apple TV
- Recruiters welcome updated LinkedIn Recruiter product
- LinkedIn passes 20 million users in China
- LinkedIn top execs harvest pay raises
I also came across this legend of business on LinkedIn this week! (click on the image below to view the profile)
Some people are seeing the number of followers on profiles rather than connections, this might be an experiment, I don’t have it yet but it could just be in the early stages of being rolled out.
We can now ‘like’ comments in status updates
It is now possible to remove yourself from a group conversation in Messages
The Field Of Study search is being discontinued on May 16th.
This weeks cool thing is another free Chrome extension called Prophet.
This handy tool will often be able to locate the email address of people you find on LinkedIn.
This weeks question came from James Muir regarding the issue of only seeing the last ten notifications.
James didn't specify whether this was a desktop or mobile issue, so I have answered both;
I suspect this is what you mean as I only see the last ten on my app.
You can refine which updates you see in the app notifications in your settings, this is done as follows;
Go to the 'Me' section and click on the settings 'cog' as below;
Now tap on 'Communications' and select 'Push notifications' as below;
This will allow you to reduce the amount of less important notifications appearing in your last 10 notifications. Alternatively, you can ensure that you receive emails to alert you (see desktop solution below)
Firstly I am not experiencing the same issue on my account, I can see numerous updates going back weeks. This may just be that the changes haven't reached my account yet or it may also be a short-term glitch on your account. I know that contradicts what the help center told you but it won't be the first time they have given out incorrect information!
It is certainly worth logging out, clearing cookies and trying again. If you haven't already done so.
Secondly, there are a number of ways around this;
If you are mainly interested in responding to activity/comments on your updates and activity then you should be able to do this by viewing your activity. Go to Profile>Your updates - there you will see the last 2 weeks.
Alternatively, you could refine your notifications by unsubscribing to certain ones that are of no interest to you, this would mean that more of your important ones will show in the last 10. This is done by clicking on the 'x' in the top right of a notification.
Finally, you can compensate for the lack of notifications by adjusting your email settings
> Go to settings
> Select 'communications'
> Select 'Email frequency'
> Select 'Notifications'
> Ensure 'Comments on posts you publish' and 'Summary of your notifications' are set to on
That’s it for this week, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions you would like me to answer on the show.
Have a great week.
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