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Here in Outlook 2013, getting connected to your social networking sites is very easy and there are some advantages. For example, if you're able to connect to a Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account, you'll have access to those contacts and their information, which will appear here in Outlook by default, all you need to do is get connected and here is how you do it. So, there are a number of different ways to get connected, one of them is to use the View tab across the top on the ribbon. From the View ribbon, you'll notice something called the People Pane, give that a click and you'll see some different views, right now it's Minimized across the bottom of your screen, you might be seeing some icons down below representing photos for example, and if there aren't any photos showing up in those thumbnails, it's because you're probably not connected or they don't have a photo.
Click Normal if you want to be able to see a little bit more of this information, this guy named David Rivers, no photo, you can hover over it, no real information there. But go back to the People Pane now, dropdown and choose Account Settings and it's from here where you can connect to various social networks. You'll see 3 by default, Facebook, LinkedIn and SharePoint, but there is also a link to connect to other social networks as well. Clicking that link lets you get more specific. I'm going to experiment with LinkedIn, I'll give it a click, and remember I'm connecting to my own account, so if I'm receiving emails from any contacts at LinkedIn, I'm going to get some additional information from this account.
So, I'm going to type in my own User Name here and my own Password to get logged in, and when I click Connect, you'll see a check mark here. Here is where I go if I want to disconnect at any time, so I can always go back to the People Pane Account Settings and click the black X to disconnect from this account, I can connect to other accounts if I wanted to at this point or just click Finish to continue on.
I will see a little dialog box pop open congratulating me on my connection to LinkedIn. To see what's going on, you can see LinkedIn updates for your friends and colleagues, they appear here in Office and I can also control what I'm sharing with others. So, let's just click Close here and see that something has already happened, the email message I was looking at from this guy named David Rivers who is one of my LinkedIn contacts, I now see a photo, it appears down here in the People Pane as well, and I can hover over that.
Notice I can see that it's a LinkedIn account, came from LinkedIn. I also see some additional information about this person. So, a little bit of info is coming across from LinkedIn, because I've made that connection and it's so easy to do it from the View tab and the People Pane dropdown under Account Settings.
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