Social Media Tips: How to Manage Privacy and Settings in LinkedIn

LinkedIn gives you the ability to hide your connections from other people. This is appropriate if you don’t want people you are connected with to see who else you are connected with. Sometimes people choose to make their connections private because they want to keep their business relationships private, or maybe they are getting too many requests to be introduced to someone, and they just want to make their connections private. Whatever the reason, if you want to change who can see your connections, follow these steps.

  1. On LinkedIn, move your pointer to the upper right corner of the website where your small picture is and a drop down menu will appear with Account, Job Posting, Advertising, etc.
  2. Move your pointer over the Privacy & Settings option and click.
  3. Once you are at this screen, move down into the rectangular area near the bottom with the tabs Profile, Communications etc. Keep the tab Profile selected.
  4. From this tab you can see the heading Privacy Controls. Select who can see your connections is the 4th link in the list. Click it and it brings up a dialogue box.
  5. From the drop down menu you can select Only you or Your connections. Select Only you.
  6. Click save changes. The dialogue box will disappear and a note should appear with a green check mark that you have successfully updated your browse connections settings.

Remember, you can change these settings at any time if you change your mind. Additionally feel free to try adjusting the other settings in Privacy Controls. You have the ability to select who can see your activity feed, change your profile photo and visibility, etc. That should help you get a feel for LinkedIn’s privacy controls. Good luck!

How to Score a Personal Intro on LinkedIn

If you are one of the top sales performers, you want to work social media intelligently. You don’t want to waste time, and we all know social media can be a big time waster if we are not careful!

Also bumbling around LinkedIn with no clear plan may help you get more familiar with the tool, but you need a strategy to start to generate some leads and see a return for the time you are spending with it.

That’s why I love Janna Finch’s article How Top Sellers Use LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator to Land More Sales Appointments – it walks you though some fantastic strategies that go beyond what you may already be doing in your business.

She recommends using this template to ask for an introduction:
Hi John, I noticed that you’re connected with Jane Smith, an IT director at Awesome, Inc. I specialize in optimizing analytics software that IT departments depend on for high performance. I’d like to send Jane a white paper just published by Big Industry News that may help her when she plans her next IT project. Would you be so kind as to introduce us? If you aren’t comfortable, I understand. But if you can, it would be much appreciated! Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can return the favor. All the best, Jack Smith IT Analytics Consultant

That way you are using LinkedIn as more than just a database of people. People on LinkedIn love this personal touch, and they want to be respected in the same way you would respect a person offline – asking for an introduction and giving a way out. Giving a way out is key – always use something like “If you aren’t comfortable, I understand. But if you can, it would be much appreciated!”

Well there you have it – an easy way to score a personal intro on LinkedIn where you will see results and people will warm up to you. Personal introductions trump impersonal messages all the time! Good luck!