Set your account privacy and settings in a way that's comfortable for you, including exploring account, privacy, and communication options.
- [Instructor] Any time you participate in a social network, I highly recommend that you explore and customize your privacy and account settings. This will help you to make sure that you're using the platform the way that you like to, and also let you know what publicly consumable information that you're sharing. In this video, we'll check out how to customize these settings. First of all, on my profile, I'm going to go up to my profile icon, and from the drop-down menu select Settings & Privacy. Now, inside of here there are a ton of different settings that you can adjust, and it says this at the top, Oliver, you're the boss of your account.
And you really are, because you can really customize this. Now, I'm going to scroll down, and under account, so there are three different levels, Account, Privacy and Communications. In the first one, I want to point out a couple things. Here you can change or adjust, you can add email addresses, same with phone numbers. You can change your password, language, name, location, and so on. So, you may from time to time, want to go in here and refresh this or update it. Now another one is Privacy, and under this tab, there are a ton of settings again.
Now obviously in this video, I'm not going to go over all of the settings, but I do want to point out a couple of them. Under Privacy, I want to show you two. One is sharing profile edits. I'll click on this one and it says, choose whether your network is notified about profile changes. So in other words, if I were to make a change to my profile, let's say my profile image, or I add education, or I add a new job, do I want it to automatically post those updates to my network? If you want it to, you can click here and it will say yes.
If you don't want to, you may keep that to no. Now, if you're someone who's working at a job, but actively looking for another job, you may not want these updates to appear all the time showing that you're beefing up your LinkedIn profile. Now, I'll close this one out. So the next one is profile viewing options, and this is a really neat feature. It allows you to select what others see when you've viewed their profile. So, in other words, if I'm looking up someone on LinkedIn and I go to their account, they do have the ability, if they have a premium subscription, to see who's viewed their profile.
Well, what do you want to appear when you view their profile? Do you want to appear your name and description? Do you want it to appear as private, but say someone in the professional training and coaching industry from Oshkosh, Wisconsin viewed your profile? Or, you can go into private mode, and have it be anonymous. Now, which of these you choose might depend on what you're doing. If I'm looking for potential employees or authors, I may go into private mode, because I don't want them to see who it is that's looking at their account.
On the other hand, if I'm checking into an industry, or I'm following someone that I'd be interested in working with, maybe I do want them to see that I'm taking notice, and click here so that it does show them that I am actively looking at their profile. This is something that you'll have to make a decision on based on what it is that you're trying to do. Now notice that once I click one of these, it's letting me know that it's automatically saved. Now on the right hand side is Communications, and this one is letting you know a little bit more about how LinkedIn will communicate with you.
So, in other words, email frequency. Choose what types of emails you wish to receive from LinkedIn. Who can send you invitations. So if I click here, is it everyone on LinkedIn, only people who know your email address or appear in your imported contacts list, or only people who appear in your imported contacts list. So, in other words, there may be times you try to connect with someone on LinkedIn and it will only let you do that if you know their email address. That's likely because they have that as a setting, that they only want people who know that much about them to be able to connect with them.
So there's several different options you can choose here with regards to groups, LinkedIn messages, and more. I suggest that you take a look at these. So, again, I didn't go over all of the privacy settings, but I do encourage that you take a look at the settings. Your LinkedIn account is a powerful tool, so make sure that it's customized the way you'd like it to be. A little time spent up front can save a lot of frustration down the road.
- Creating an effective LinkedIn profile
- Configuring a public profile and profile URL
- Finding and adding connections
- Exploring messages
- Navigating LinkedIn Groups
- Following companies and influencers
- Exploring the feed
- Publishing articles
- Configuring privacy settings
- Exploring account types
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.