Category Archives: LinkedIn Updates

Using hashtags on LinkedIn

linkedin-hashtagThings have changed over the years when it comes to using hashtags on LinkedIn but, as of September 2016, I’m pleased to say that they are making a welcome return! Hurrah!

The article at the bottom of this page was the initial situation when LinkedIn first introduced hashtags in 2013 – life was good and the world was full of the joys of hashtags, pushed primarily by Twitter if truth be told. LinkedIn followed suit and all was well in the online world with LinkedIn and Twitter cooperating in certain areas with some interlaced functionality when it came to updates and news.

Then divorce came – almost of Brangelina proportions – and the fall out began. It’s not clear if Twitter won custody of the hashtags but certainly LinkedIn was refused viewing rights and, in stark difference to the rest of the online world, LinkedIn strode on without hashtag support.

It seems though that time is indeed a big healer and last month on the LinkedIn App, hashtags once more became live and searchable again.

While this new element has not yet reached the desktop version, there are major changes afoot and they look certain to make a return there as well. Hopefully we might also get the return of the site wide search which would make LinkedIn a much more integrated and navigable environment – only time will tell.

I, for one, am very pleased – a return to this mainstream functionality seems sensible in my eyes and seems to reflect a more open stance from LinkedIn of late which I believe will serve them really well in the years ahead.

My only hope is that people don’t go silly and flood their posts with silly long hashtags which ultimately do no-one any great good in a futile attempt at humour and the like. #linkedinyeah #hopingforsense #hashtagsereturn #happymark #hashtagmadness

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[Update 2: as of August 2016, strange things are afoot! When using the LinkedIn mobile app, you can now once again use hashtags which are showing up in the typical clickable way. This is still not the case on the desktop version but we can but hope that that will follow suit once again and maybe, just maybe, a site wide search again which would be very welcome. Watch this space!]

[Update: as of 29th July 2013, LinkedIn has removed the LinkedIn Signal functionality from the site and with it the use of hashtags as quoted below. A real pity because of its immense utility – if there are any ways to find the information it used to provide then I will report back here.]

[Initial post: March 2013] When we talk about hashtags, in most people’s minds they are primarily part of the Twitter ecosystem – the ability to categorise posts and allow people to search using those terms has certainly been of major benefit to tweeters. On LinkedIn, however, they have never been a particularly strong element, even less so after LinkedIn and Twitter’s ‘divorce’ of last year.

There has, however, been a little bit of a resurgence of late and LinkedIn has brought in an additional search option using hashtags that we might be wish to build into our own updates. (more…)

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Get fewer Emails from LinkedIn

Stop LinkedIn emailsLast week LinkedIn made a “big announcement” that they were cutting down on the number of emails they were sending out in response to member feedback. Very admirable.

They also had this as one of the points in their quarterly sales announcement to the Stock Market. Really? Slow news day perhaps.

Why do I find this less than inspiring? I suppose because although they state that they have managed to cut out 4 out of 10 emails that they are sending out, although they decide which ones. Personally I prefer to be in control and decide which emails I receive and which I choose not to … and you can be, in fact you have always been able to be. (more…)

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Downloading & Backing up Connections – the LinkedIn mini-saga

LinkedIn connections download sagaWell, there’s been a bit of a hoohah over the past week regarding downloading of your connections’ details on LinkedIn … and, in the end, a lot of non changes. Not a good topic for a blog post you might think. Possibly … but I think it’s worth a brief synopsis of what went on and where we are now.

It all relates to our ability to create a download from our LinkedIn account of our connections, the people that we have spent time connecting with and engaging with on LinkedIn. We have always been able to take a download of this information instantly with name details, email, company and job title of the people we are connected to. They are our business connections, so why not?

Anyway, on Wednesday last week LinkedIn, unannounced, closed down that particular option. The “unannounced” part was not a great surprise … LinkedIn often changes things and then waits for people to find out, there is no clear mechanism for announcing them so it relies on people like myself to do so and then it seeps out into general consciousness. In this case, they had in fact replaced it with a mechanism that they introduced at the start of the year where you can download a full archive of all your LinkedIn activity, so there was an alternative.

The issue was that this could take up to 72 hours to arrive since you had to request it from LinkedIn rather than do it yourself.

Result: all hell broke loose! Lots of posts, lots of activity on Twitter (more…)

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LinkedIn brings back homepage popup box

LinkedIn Pop Up BoxI know, I know – some people get excited about the smallest of things, but personally I am genuinely very pleased … nay, excited (there I’ve said it again) … to see the return of the pop up box on the homepage of LinkedIn.

The pop up box that I’m referring to appears when you hover over either the name or the photo of someone who has posted or shared something which then appears in the news feed on your LinkedIn homepage. I always felt that it was a wonderful help to the engagement process by giving me a first indication of who the person is through their professional headline as well as a reminder of any connections we share or perhaps if I have seen stuff from them before. (more…)

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Searching your Connections’ connections on LinkedIn
… with extra oomph!

Searching LinkedIn ConnectionsThere has been a merry old dance this past week with a lot of users who spend a good amount of time on LinkedIn getting rather upset, including myself, as we discovered that the ability to engage in true networking on LinkedIn had taken a bit of a dent.

Essentially, it seemed as though the ability to search through the connections of your 1st level connections had been removed – well, a week later and it’s back again after a bit of “not sure what’s going on” from LinkedIn’s Customer Experience Advocates (Customer Service Reps to you and I).

In case you are unsure what all the fuss is about, the culprit is the little magnifying glass shown below which gives us the opportunity to do a search through the profiles of the connections of an individual connection, perhaps to request a referral of them in the most targeted of ways:

Magnifying glass to search connections on LinkedIn

Anyway, in the interim, myself and a number of others took the time to look at other ways to access this functionality and I have seen posted in a number of places a second suggested route to find these details.

My issue was that it didn’t go far enough because it didn’t allow us to do a full advanced search through our connections’ connections … however, with a little bit of playing, I have found a way to get full advanced search of connections which I believe to be HUGELY beneficial! (more…)

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LinkedIn Personal Profile: easier ways to add Rich Media

Rich Media on LinkedInOne key aspect that can really make your Personal Profile stand out is your ability to take it beyond a simple text overview of the skills and expertise and add what LinkedIn has come to call Rich Media, that is to say a selection of video, images, presentations and documents designed to help bring your profile to life and use it as a Content Marketing opportunity par excellence.

Our ability to do this was added in at the end of 2012 and yet still only a small percentage of people have taken the opportunity it offers – why is this you may well ask? Well, like so many things on LinkedIn, a major issue is that it has never been particularly obvious that the functionality existed (unless you saw it on someone else’s page), other people thought it was only on offer to Premium account holders and even for those who recognised the benefits, they weren’t sure how to go about it.

Well, worry no longer! It is still there, it is available to everyone and it is now even easier to actually add the media themselves. (more…)

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